Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Cancer

Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Cancer

Veteran newsman has been battling multiple myeloma since August

Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, the network announced Tuesday.

“In a personal note, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making,” the news division wrote in a blog post.

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NBC News said Brokaw had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow, in August, and the network called his prognosis “encouraging.”

Brokaw is best known for his 22-year run as anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” which ended in 2004. Since then, the veteran newsman has worked for NBC News as a special correspondent, and the news division said Brokaw has continued to work on special projects including contributing to NBC Sports’ Sochi Olympics coverage during his treatment.

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Brokaw released the following statement via NBC News:

“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.”

“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.”

  • Gregory Walker

    One of the old breed of newsman that broadcast the news and not his opinion of the news.

  • Linda Lane

    Tom, I met you eons ago in NH and again in NY…just today my best friend's son only 15, was diagnosed and the outlook is very grim. I have lupus and was told 35 years ago I would be dead in two years. I am still here and look at the bucket every day but refuse to kick it. Never give up hope or faith in God. Wishing you the best!

  • dom

    Unfortunately this is a tough one to beat. Although I wish him the best, if he's been battling since August things look grim. I dislike it when publicists say things like “physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making.” Get real! Just don't say anything.

  • Newzheimer

    Tom is known around NBC News as Old Iron Pants because of his ability to sit in the anchor seat and keep on broadcasting, seemingly forever. He has staying power. He'll beat this.

  • Ugh

    Did he just learn this news. Cuz I don't feel too bad cuz I lost someone more important just 3 months after same diagnosis. So yea no natter whT side you are on- it sucks. But he's here longer than my beloved one.