Alex Trebek will undergo further chemotherapy treatments for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Just weeks after resuming his “Jeopardy!” hosting duties, Trebek announced on Tuesday’s episode of “Good Morning America” that he will have to continue chemo per his doctor’s recommendation, People reports.
“The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing,” the 79-year-old host said.
The Emmy winner said that he lost a significant about of weight soon after returning for filming, leading his doctors to advise for more chemo treatments.
“I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic,” Trebeck recalled on “Good Morning America.”
He continued, “They said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy’ and I lost about 12 pounds in a week and my numbers went sky-high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed.”
In late August, Trebek announced that he was returning for production of episodes in prep for the quiz show’s 36th season in a video published on the “Jeopardy!” YouTube account.
The new season premiered on Sept. 9.
Trebek explained the myriad physically taxing effects of chemo during his “Good Morning America” appearance.
“For some reason, and I don’t understand why, occasionally it will cause excruciating pain in my lower back. Other times it’s fatigue, other times it’s nausea. It varies,” he said.
For now, Trebek has no plans to end his legendary tenure as the show’s host since 1984.
“As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game I’m happy,” he said.
Trebek also admits that despite the occasional “surge of sadness and depression,” he is not worried about death.
“I realize that there is an end in sight for me just as there is for everyone else,” Trebek said.
“I’m 79 years old.,” Trebek explained. “I’ve had one hell of a good life and I’ve enjoyed it. And the thought of passing on doesn’t frighten me. It doesn’t. Other things do. The effect it’ll have on my loved ones, yes that bothers me, it makes me sad. But the thought of myself moving on? Hey folks, it comes with the territory.”