After months of battling pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek is opening up about his latest round of cancer treatment as he films season 36 of Jeopardy. He also hinted that his long tenure as host of "Jeopardy!" may be nearing an end.
During an interview with CTV, Trebek said he has begun to get sores inside his mouth from the chemotherapy, which makes it difficult to enunciate. Trebek said he can hear himself slurring his words on the game show.
"I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish," he told CTV's Lisa LaFlamme.
In March 2019, Trebek announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of 9%. Back in September he revealed he'd be undergoing another round of chemotherapy.
Trebek said he regrets being so public with his battle with cancer. His outspokenness about the disease has encouraged many people to lean on him as a source of strength and optimism in their own battles, even while he undergoes his own, he said.
"I don't know if I'm strong enough or intelligent enough to help alleviate some of that despair, so it's tough on me," he said.
Trebek is facing his diagnosis head on and said he is not afraid of death.
"The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me," he told LaFlamme. "I'm 79 years old. So, hey, I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life. I know that."