Alex Trebek Says His Skills are Diminishing Due to Pancreatic Cancer

Alex Trebek is opening up further about his fight with stage four pancreatic cancer. The 79-year-old Jeopardy! host was able to stop chemotherapy back in May due to excellent shrinkage of his tumors, but months later, his numbers went up and he’s back doing chemotherapy. He was asked in a recent interview if he would have to stop hosting Jeopardy! at some point soon and he responded, “I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish.” Alex added he’s beginning to get sores in his mouth that are affecting his ability to enunciate words. “The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me,” he added. “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.” “I’m hanging in,” he added. “So we’re back on the chemo and we’ll see if the numbers go down. And if they do… they can’t keep doing it forever of course. They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer. We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”