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Alex Trebek has no interest in being poster boy for pancreatic cancer

Alex Trebek has no interest in being poster boy for pancreatic cancer”

Jeopardy!host and television staple Alex Trebekannouncedthat he'd been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and ever since he's kept viewers abreast of his progress: When productionwrappedon the quiz show's 35th season, Trebek revealed that he'd taped 50 episodes ofJeopardy!since his diagnosis; by May, he was lettingPeopleknow that the cancer was "near remission".

Trebek recently announced that he has had to restart chemotherapy treatments, in the wake of a setback that caused his cancer markers to go "sky high".

Trebek told CTV he has begun to get sores inside his mouth from the chemotherapy, which makes it hard to enunciate.

"[It will be] when I feel that my skills have diminished to the point that I notice and am bothered by it", he continued. He said, "There are moments when I have some regrets about having gone public with it because there's a little too much of Alex Trebek out there, and I regret that". Trebek said, acknowledging that the side effects of chemo are that his words will occasionally slur, and he sometimes is not able to enunciate properly. "They say, 'Well, we don't notice.' I notice those things".

For now, Trebek will continue his hosting on Jeopardy! but it seems like fans should anticipate him taking at least some time off soon. In September, the chemotherapy again took pace to which he told the media that the health conditions were getting stable.

Though his producers have said they haven't noticed anything different in his presentation, Trebek says he is preparing for the time when he will have to step back from the show. "And that's tough", Trebek added. And I've loved his show for years. "Why should I be afraid of it?" asked Trebek.

Further, the long-time game-show host shared that he is not scared of death and that he has lived a full life. The TV legend says that he doesn't know if he is strong enough or intelligent enough to alleviate the despair associated with the disease.



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