Alex Tre­bek opens up about re­newed can­cer fight

‘I’m not afraid of dy­ing’

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

beloved game show host alex tre­bek is be­gin­ning to re­gret go­ing pub­lic with his can­cer bat­tle be­cause he’s un­com­fort­able with his po­si­tion as the celebrity poster boy for the dis­ease.

the Jeop­ardy! star is set to un­dergo an­other round of chemo­ther­apy as his pan­cre­atic can­cer has taken a turn for the worse, and he in­sists he has to fo­cus on his own health and not worry about be­ing a role model to oth­ers.

“I have be­come in many ways the spokesper­son for pan­cre­atic can­cer,” he tells ctv news W5.

“and it’s tough some­times be­ing as op­ti­mistic as you can, and I don’t know if I’m strong enough or in­tel­li­gent enough to help al­le­vi­ate some of that de­spair.”

the 79-year-old, who re­turned as the tv game show’s host last month af­ter an ear­lier round of treat­ment, an­nounced he had stage four pan­cre­atic can­cer in March.

He ad­mits he suf­fers pain and de­pres­sion, but Jeop­ardy! has helped him through the worst of his can­cer bat­tle: “I can be sit­ting in my dress­ing room and when I get up I’m not able to move, but all of a sud­den when (an­nouncer) Johnny says, ‘and now here’s the host of Jeop­ardy!, alex tre­bek,’ ‘OK, let’s go!’ ”

the cana­dian has hosted over 8,000 episodes of the hit game show, and he as­sures fans he’ll keep go­ing un­til he knows it’s time to step down.

“I will keep do­ing it as long as my skills do not di­min­ish and they have started to di­min­ish,” he adds, ex­plain­ing he has started slur­ring his words and the chemo has caused sores in his mouth.

“I’m not afraid of dy­ing,” tre­bek added.

“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m near­ing the end of that life … if it hap­pens, why should I be afraid of that?”

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