Alex Trebek Admits Cancer Treatment Is "Wearing" on Him

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is being candid about his fight with cancer. Trebek, who continues his war against stage 4 pancreatic cancer, revealed that while he's still soldiering on, the treatment is starting to take its toll on him. Trebek told USA Today,

I'm feeling OK. Some days are better than others. I still have the effects of the chemotherapy; I’ve now had, I think, nine or 10 sessions. So it’s wearing on me. but I don't have any choice. I just have to stick with it, and hopefully they’re going to find a new drug that will enable me to grow my hair back. That will be something I will be very happy about.

To ease the pace, the show has adjusted its production schedule around Trebek, where he is gearing up to host Jeopardy's! Greatest of All Time tournament. Big money winners Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and last season's, James Holzhauer, will all compete for the $1 million prize starting on Jan. 7. 

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What's keeping Trebek going? Adrenaline. Trebek, 79, revealed,

I leave home and I’m in terrible shape sometimes. And then I get here, and I get in the studio and I get hair and makeup done and get my wardrobe on, and the adrenaline kicks in and I go out onstage and it’s exciting for me, and it seems to work. I have to push myself; I work harder than I did before, because it’s harder for me to concentrate with all the chemo and stuff. I feel dull, and I tire easily, but that’s OK.