Alex Trebek Announces That He Will Stop Chemotherapy If His Current Round Isn’t Successful

Longtime Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek, celebrated beating the odds this past March by surpassing his one year, stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis (there is only an 18% one-year survival rate). And although he is feeling great, he announced plans to discontinue his cancer treatment if his latest round of chemo fails. 

“I am doing well. I have been continuing my treatment, and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal,” Trebek said. 

The show host credits his strength to still having the opportunity to do tapings of Jeopardy.

“Oddly enough, when we started taping I suddenly started to regain my strength,” he said after noting that he could hardly get out of bed in the morning. “It’s the strangest thing. It is some kind of an elixir.”

Like many productions, the show is on a hiatus. But he has been shooting show openings in his home, as well as, promotional videos and updates. 

In regards to his one-year milestone, Trebek commented in a YouTube video, that he was very much happy to have reached the marker, admitting that the journey was not at all easy. 

He plans to celebrate another milestone in March of 2021. 

There is no definite answer on to when Trebek will do his final taping but, “he does worry that his performance is declining,” PEOPLE reported from Trebek’s interview with The New York Times.

“It’s a quality program, and I think I do a good job hosting it, and when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting,” he said.

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