Speaking to CTV News anchor Lisa LaFlamme on Friday, Trebek — who firstly experienced chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March — said he was taking the steps needed to keep fighting the disease.
“So we’re back on the chemo and we’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do … they can’t obstruct doing it forever of course. They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer, ” Trebek told LaFlamme ahead of an illusion at his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. “We’ll play it by ear and stop chugging along until we either earn or lose.”
Trebek, who has hosted “Jeopardy! ” for 35 times, said he has “lived a good life” and is “not afraid of dying.”
“[ I’ve lived] a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that? ” the 79 -year-old said. “One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as an integrated part of a praise, is,’ He was taken away from us too soon.’”
Trebek said in August that he’d “gone through a lot of chemotherapy” but that he’d finished the managements and was “thankfully … on the mend.” Weeks last-minute, however, he divulged he’d resumed chemotherapy after his “numbers proceeded south.”
“It shows I will be having more chemo managements ahead of me, ” he said last month.
Trebek said Friday that the medications were “easier” now in some ways because he had a better idea of what to expect.
“Now I know the day after chemo, my sight gets messed up a little. The next day after that, I start going griefs in my joints, ” he told LaFlamme.
Trebek has received an spate of the assistance provided and succour since he went public with his diagnosis.
“I am thankful for the kind words, the devotions and the advice you have offered, and I’m most touched by the warmth you have expressed in your mentions to me, ” he told his love in March. “I’m a lucky guy.”