After revealing he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is opening up about his battle.

As Dearly previously reported, in a video posted to the trivia show’s YouTube account in March, the 78-year-old told his fans that he plans to beat the cancer despite the odds being stacked against him:

“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

And while Trebek is keeping true to his promise, he recently explained to “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts that it hasn’t been easy.

On Wednesday, the longtime “Jeopardy!” host told “GMA”:

“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well even though I don’t always feel it. I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain — but what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes.”

In an attempt to keep it as light as possible, Trebek joked that he discovered throughout his battle with cancer that he’s “a bit of a wuss.”

He continued:

“But I’m fighting through it. My platelets, my blood counts are steady. My weight is steady. The numbers that indicate the cancer indicators, those are coming down. So I’ve got another chemo next week, and then we’ll do a review to find out where things stand.”

Roberts then praised Trebek for being so honest about the bad stuff as well as the good.

Trebek admitted that “chemo affects people in different ways, and people have to understand that.”

He told Roberts:

“There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Hey, I’m really depressed today and I have no idea why. Why am I crying today?'”

Trebek went on to thank those who sent him prayers, encouraging messages, and advice, saying that it has made “a difference in my well-being.”

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10 Replies to “‘Jeopardy’s’ Alex Trebek Talks About the ‘Deep, Deep Sadness’ He Has Felt While Battling Pancreatic Cancer”

  • Donna 1 year ago

    Speaking as a cancer survivor, Alex you will have days or moments like this. It is all a part of the ordeal, but you have and will continue to have the strength and faith to see it through. Prayers and comforting thoughts for you and your family. ? ?

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Alex, my mother passed away from pancreatic cancer at only 50 years old in 1978, She fought it as tough as she could but it was not to be. Just saying, fight it with all your might and hopefully you’ll live another 15 yrs.

  • Christs 1 year ago

    I will keep you in my prayers. I have always been a fan and I admire your courage to keep trying to win your battle with cancer. Thank you for sharing your story I know it will help others.

  • Evelyn Acker 1 year ago

    I pray for your cure of this disease. I have been a fan for many many years. Enjoy Jeopardy so much. God bless!???????☺️

  • eva inches 1 year ago

    I am praying for you. Even before you announced. My husband is in treatment also for bladder cancer. There are many that a with you in spirit Keep fighting.

  • Martha Buck 1 year ago

    Dear Alex, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep looking up! God bless you and your family.

  • Rose Ann 1 year ago

    Dear Alex, my prayers are with you and ur family. Just keep praying God is watching over you????

  • Su 1 year ago

    I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis but happy to hear of your intention to beat the hell out of it. You go, Alex!

  • Suzanne 1 year ago

    Loving you you. Praying for you. Respect and admire you.

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