Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Cancer, Is "Very Optimistic" About Prognosis

Celebrity News Feb. 11, 2014 AT 7:25PM
Tom Browkaw NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday, Feb. 11, that he was diagnosed with cancer last August but is "very optimistic" about his prognosis Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw is facing a health crisis. The journalist, 74, revealed on Tuesday, Feb. 11, that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a kind of cancer that affects blood cells in the bone marrow.

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Brokaw, who has worked at NBC News since the mid-1960s, said in a personal note that he learned of his diagnosis back in August at the Mayo Clinic. His also said that his doctors are optimistic about the outcome of his treatment.

"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 in his statement.

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In fact, the NBC News Special Correspondent has remained active throughout his treatment thus far. As NBC News notes, he has worked on several projects since his diagnosis, including a two-hour documentary about the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. He is also contributing to current coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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"I remain the luckiest guy I know," Brokaw said Tuesday. "I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter."

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