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NBC's Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

By Lynn Elber / AP Television Writer

LAST UPDATED: 03:19 p.m. HST, Feb 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES » Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday.

The Mayo Clinic discovered last summer that Brokaw has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said. His doctors are optimistic about his treatment and encouraged by his progress since the August diagnosis, the network division said.

In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw said he remains, in his words, "the luckiest guy I know."

"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," he said.

The former national anchor, now an NBC News special correspondent, has continued to work on projects during his treatment and is contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics, NBC said.

Brokaw, who turned 72 on Feb. 6, said he is grateful for the interest in his health but wants to keep it a private matter.

He began his career with NBC News in its Los Angeles bureau in 1966, later serving as its White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal before becoming anchor of "NBC Nightly News" in 1983.

Brian Williams replaced him as anchor in 2004.

Brokaw is the author of several books including "The Greatest Generation," his celebration of Americans who endured the Great Depression and World War II.

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frontman wrote:
He should ask the liberal medias God, obama to heal him.
on February 11,2014 | 04:02PM
control wrote:
on February 11,2014 | 06:19PM
scuddrunner wrote:
Really? Your parents must be proud.
on February 12,2014 | 03:04AM
HIE wrote:
That's your typical Republican conservative attitude. Yet, they try to claim that they are the true "Christians". Really, they're just impotent, angry, small-minded white men.
on February 12,2014 | 06:40AM
joeglick wrote:
I couldn't help think about Fukushima, and what it will do cancer rates in the years to come. The Japanese have really botched this. Have we all given up, and there is nothing that can be done. Is the main stream media too busy with Miley and Beiber, not to have it front page any longer. Sorry for the rant.
on February 12,2014 | 04:47AM
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