Alex Trebek May Stop His Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer If the Latest Round Doesn't Work

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Photo credit: Amanda Edwards - Getty Images
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From House Beautiful

Beloved game show host Alex Trebek surprised Jeopardy! fans Thursday when he revealed that his treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer was "paying off."

"I'm doing well," Trebek said in a video posted to social media. "I've been continuing my treatment, and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good, and I'm feeling great."

Trebek elaborated on his treatment plans in an interview with The New York Times released Friday. The longtime quiz master revealed plans to stop treatment if the latest round doesn't work.

“Yesterday morning, my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad,” he said. “There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

Fans of the game will soon be sent on a four-week journey through the show's history in a marathon called Jeopardy! The Vault. Producers narrowed down 8,000 episodes from the series' 36 seasons to 20 top episodes, which will play out over one month.

A studio was recently set up in Trebek's Los Angeles home, so he could narrate new introductions for each episode. On the morning of the taping, Trebek told TheTimes he had trouble getting out of bed.

“Oddly enough, when we started taping, I suddenly started to regain my strength,” he said a few days later. “It’s the strangest thing. It is some kind of an elixir.”

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