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Alex Trebek on pancreatic cancer treatment: ‘I’m not afraid of dying’

Alex Trebek on pancreatic cancer treatment: ‘I’m not afraid of dying’”

Alex Trebek is keeping his head up amid his battle with cancer. Cold sores caused by the chemotherapy, he said, makes it hard for him to speak and enunciate properly.

"I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish", Trebek said Friday. "But there will come a point where they will no longer be able to say, 'It's OK'".

Trebek also said in the interview he isn't afraid of dying, and he has lived a full life. The 79-year-old previously had a successful round of chemotherapy but things took a bad turn when he was readmitted to the hospital after cancer became more aggressive.

Alex Trebek poses in the press room at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif., on May 5, 2019.

In September, Trebek told "Good Morning America" that he would be undergoing another round of chemotherapy after his numbers sky-rocketed right after finishing his first round of treatment for cancer.

"There are weaknesses I feel in my body but I can always suck it up when it comes to tape the show", he said.

The host says he'll likely exit the show if he gets to a point where he's particularly bothered by the influence of his health on his performance. "And if they do ... they can't keep doing [chemo] forever of course".

"They were upset when they first learned about it, but they look at me and they don't see too many changes in me, you know", he said.

Months later, he told People magazine that doctors were shocked by how well his tumors were responding to the chemotherapy treatment. "Nationalism has come to the forefront", Trebek said during the interview. "We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose".

"I lost about 12 pounds in a week".

While undergoing the latest round of chemo, Trebek has continued to host the beloved game show, despite the physical difficulties.

The Mayo Clinic says pancreatic cancer generally "spreads rapidly to nearby organs".



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