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Alex Trebek says he won’t go to ‘extraordinary measures’ if cancer treatment fails, but has plans for the future

2020-07-22

Alex Trebek says he’s being realistic about his outlook, but the 79-year-old “Jeopardy” host is prepared for the worst amid his battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Trebek told “Good Morning America” Monday that he’s currently undergoing an experimental immunotherapy treatment, the same one used by former Senator Harry Reid, and said he’s “going in the right direction.”

“There are good days and there are bad days,” he said.

But there’s no guarantee and the game show host said he doesn’t want “any extraordinary measures to ensure my survival.”

“I’ll just continue with chemo and see what happens,” he said. “If the quality of life is not there, it’s hard sometimes to push and just say, ‘Well, I’m going to keep going, even though I’m miserable.’”

Trebek said he’s following his doctor’s lead.

“My doctor has told me that he is counting on me celebrating two years of...survivorship past the diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. And that two years happens in February,” he told “Good Morning America.”

“So I expect to be around ‘cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”

Trebek, who was was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019, has vowed to continuing questioning trivia nerds for as long as possible, but his plans were upended by the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down production on the ABC show.

ABC begins running a special series of “Jeopardy” reruns this week, including Trebek’s first show, which aired on Sept. 10, 1984.

His memoir, “The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life,” will be released Tuesday.