Alex Trebek opens up about cancer treatment in candid GMA interview: 'I have to get strong again' — Watch

Two months into his treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek paid Good Morning America a visit on Wednesday to speak candidly about his health.

In an interview with Robin Roberts — who previously battled breast cancer in 2007 — Trebek was open about the low points of his chemotherapy, insisting that he wants to continue raising awareness about the disease through honest discussion.

“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well, even though I don’t always feel it,” Trebek revealed. “What I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness. It brings tears to my eyes. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss. But I’m fighting through it.”

Trebek went on to offer a positive health update (as he did in a recent video to fans), adding that his platelet count and cancer markers have thus far been reassuring. He will receive another round of chemotherapy in a few days, and he was open about his struggle with the emotional side effects of treatment: “Chemo affects people in different ways, and people have to understand that. There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Hey, I’m really depressed today, and I have no idea why.'”

Watch the full interview above.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: TV host Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the celebratory dinner after the special tribute to Sophia Loren during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. on November 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Jean Trebek (L) and TV personality Alex Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: TV personality Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Trebek arrive at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 19th Annual 'Taste For A Cure' at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Currivan Trebek arrive at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend Hollywood Stars Night Thoroughbred Horse Race on June 22, 1990 at Hollywood Park in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend the opening of 'Jackie Mason - Brand New' on May 30, 1990 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and Jean Currivan during The 49th Annual Thalians Ball at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Heller/WireImage)
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Jeopardy! will enter its 36th season this fall, and Trebek reiterated that he hopes to return as host after recovering from several months of treatment.

“I have to get strong,” he said. “Chemo takes it out of you. I feel so weak all the time, and that’s not a good place to be… Hopefully everything is going to turn out well, and I’ll be back on the air with original programming come this September.”

Trebek and Roberts also chatted about reigning Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer (aka “Jeopardy! James”), who has won 19 straight games thus far — and pocketed a lot of money in the process.

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