Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek released a memoir called The Answer Is…. Reflections of My Life, July 21, 2020.
In the memoir, Trebek opened up about the emotional decisions he has made regarding his cancer treatment.
Trebek is currently undergoing an experimental immunotherapy treatment following his stage 4 pancreatic diagnosis, however, if the protocol should fail he has decided to cease all treatment.
“I’m going to stick with this current protocol, then that’s it. If it doesn’t work I’ll probably stop treatment,” Trebek writes in the book.
He continued to say that telling his family was no easy feat, and they all had a “good cry” afterward. He admitted he is not afraid of dying and that quality of life was an important consideration.
Trebek feels proud and as though he’s lived a “good, full life” at 80 years old. Writing in his book, he says:
“One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral as part of the eulogy is, ‘He was taken from us too soon,’ I’m about to turn 80. I’ve lived a good, full life, and I’m nearing the end of it. I know that. The only thing that might bother me is if I pass on before I get to have grandchildren. (Hint, hint.)”
Despite having to make hard decisions, he admitted that he has recently received some good news from his doctors and that things are “going in the right direction” while speaking on Monday’s episode of Good Morning America. He shared that his cancer indicator numbers had dropped drastically from 35,000 to under 100 in just eight weeks.
“The doctors have said they have never seen a chart like mine because there are peaks,” Trebek said. “I said, ‘What do you mean — you don’t see that often? What do you usually see?’ They usually see it going up. I’m a bit of an anomaly,” he shared.
The Answer Is…: Reflections of My Life is available now.
You can order his memoir by clicking here.
Watch Alex Trebek talk about his memoir on Good Morning America below!