Tom Brokaw: Newsman Reveals He Has Bone CancerBy: Val Powell - February 11, 2014
Tom Brokaw released a statement via NBC News regarding his diagnosis. Brokaw, 74, was at the Mayo Clinic when he received the diagnosis for multiple myeloma last August. In his statement, the NBC news veteran of nearly 50 years reassures the public that his “prognosis is good.”
Brokaw kept his bone cancer diagnosis a secret from the public for several months, while he underwent treatment for his condition. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that affects the bone marrow, via the blood cells within it. In the statement that NBC News released, Tom Brokaw reveals his progress since beginning treatment has been very encouraging.
Brokaw began working at NBC news in 1966. He became a special correspondent for NBC News, since stepping down from his role as the anchorman of NBC Nightly News in 2004. After the diagnosis last summer, Tom Brokaw continued his work on several News projects for NBC. The news veteran made appearances on MSNBC, “Meet the Press”, “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “TODAY”. He also worked on the two-hour JFK assassination documentary for NBC. He continues his work for NBC News as a contributor to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics NBC Sports coverage.
In the more personal side of his statement, Brokaw states that the support he has been getting from friends, family and his medical team has been exceptional. He goes on to say that he is very positive about his work, his life, and he looks forward to the “adventures still to come.” He believes that he remains “the luckiest guy I know.” He continued his statement with expressing his gratitude for the interest people were showing regarding his medical condition. The statement ends with Tom Brokaw’s request for understanding, as he expressed his wish to be able to continue treating his situation with privacy.
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