Tom Brokaw Cancer: Former NBC Anchor Diagnosed With Multiple Myeloma

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Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 07:29 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor and author Tom Brokaw announced this week that he has been diagnosed with cancer – multiple myeloma – but his prognosis for recovery is looking good, as he is making progress.

Brokaw told NBC News he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August at the Mayo Clinic and began treatment for the disease. Brokaw, who has been with NBC News since 1966, has been working as a special correspondent for the network. 

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"With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," Brokaw said in a statement. "I remain the luckiest guy I know. I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter."

NBC News announced that Brokaw would continue his work with the network while undergoing treatment. Brokaw is working on a two-hour documentary on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and appears on "Today," "Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Meet the Press" and MSNBC. Brokaw is also contributing to the Sochi Olympics coverage.

USA Today noted that Brokaw has been with NBC News his entire television journalism career. He anchored the "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" for 22 years, ending in 2004.

Brokaw has covered many of the nation's biggest news stories while at NBC, including the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the Watergate scandal as the network's White House correspondent and the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989.

He scored the first American television interview with Mikhail Gorbachev and examined human rights abuses in Tibet. He also scored an interview with the Dalai Lama.

Brokaw is the author of the best-selling book "The Greatest Generation," chronicling the struggles of those who fought in World War II. He produced a special "The Greatest Generation Speaks" for NBC News, based on the book.

Brokaw and his wife, Meredith, have been married since 1962 and have three daughters.

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