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NBC news correspondent Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, it was announced Tuesday.
Brokaw, 74, received the diagnosis from his doctors at the Mayo Clinic last August, but said that they are pleased with how he is responding to treatment.
“I remain the luckiest guy I know,” said the former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News in a statement. “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 passed the Nightly News baton to Brian Williams in 2004, at which time Brokaw became a special correspondent for NBC News. He played a significant role in NBC’s coverage of the 2008 presidential election and moderated the second debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. He has continued to work despite his recent health battles. Last November, he anchored a two-hour NBC documentary on the assassination of JFK. And he has made recent appearances on Today, Nightly News, Meet the Press and MSNBC. He also has been active during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, contributing to NBC Sports coverage.
“I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter,” said Brokaw.
In a memo to staffers Tuesday, NBCUniversal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and NBC News president Deborah Turness said: “We all love Tom dearly and so we are pleased to let you know that he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making. We are also fortunate he will be able to continue the outstanding work that he does for NBC News.”
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