NEW YORK — Alex Trebek is opening up about his battle with cancer.
"I think I've learned that I'm an extremely lucky individual, because in spite of the fact this diagnosis is not a good one, I've managed to receive so much love from so many people," he told Robin Roberts on the morning news show.
Trebek specifically thanked those supporting him in a video message as he wrapped season 35 of the syndicated game show.
"I wanted to once again thank you for your continuing messages of encouragement and support, particularly the many cards I've received from young people," he said in the April 17 video. "I'm touched beyond words."
“I’ve had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer,” he told Roberts. “I am now a 30-day survivor. ... I’m going to catch up to those other people.”
Still, chemotherapy has been tough on the 78-year-old, but, just as he did when he revealed his diagnosis, Trebek is remaining humorous about it.
“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well even though I don’t always feel it,” he said. “I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain, but what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss.
“But I’m fighting through it. My platelets, my blood counts are steady, my weight is steady. … The cancer indicators, those are coming down. So I’ve got another chemo next week, and then we’ll do a review to find out where things stand.”
He also offered encouragement to others going through chemotherapy.
“Chemo affects people in different ways and people have to understand that, and that there’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Hey, I’m really depressed today and I don’t know why,’” he said.
“You have to deal with it. What am I gonna do?" he said. “It’s something I am afflicted with, we are dealing with it chemically and spiritually, and those are positive. Hopefully, everything is going to turn out well and I'll be back on the air with original programming this September.”
Watch Trebek’s “GMA” interview below.
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