Alex Trebek Says He Will Stop Cancer Treatment if the Latest Round Isn’t Successful

Alex Trebek has given an update on the treatment plan for his stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The longtime Jeopardy! host, 79, recently told The New York Times that he plans to stop treatment if his current round isn’t successful, but "he's currently doing well," a rep for the star shares with PEOPLE.

He told the Times that taping for Jeopardy!, which he began hosting in 1984, is helping build his strength.

In May 2019, Trebek told PEOPLE that his first round of chemo had gone so well that some of his tumors had shrunk by 50 percent. However, later in the summer, he said his numbers had gone back up, and he would undergo another round of chemo — the side effects of which could leave him feeling depleted and oftentimes, depressed.

In his interview with The New York Times, Trebek said that while he wants to continue hosting Jeopardy!, he does worry that his performance is declining.

“It’s a quality program, and I think I do a good job hosting it, and when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting,” he said.

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