Tom Brokaw Has Cancer, Asks For Privacy

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Through a statement longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw has shared that he is currently being treated for cancer.

Brokaw, who now works as a special correspondent reveals that he had actually been diagnosed with multiple myeloma back in August of last year.

NBC News released confirmation of Brokaw's illness for the first time in a tweet on Tuesday.

Brokaw himself released a personal 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."

True to his word, Brokaw has continued to work even as he is currently being treated. This includes a two hour special on the assassination of John F. Kennedy and appearances on the "Today" Show, "Meet the Press”, “Nightly News with Brian Williams”, and contributions to MSNBC. He also has contributed coverage of the ongoing Winter Olympic games in Sochi.

Brokaw has not allowed his illness to get in the way of his work and despite his difficulties says of himself: "I remain the luckiest guy I know."

Multiple myeloma, is a blood disorder related to lymphoma and leukemia as it typically affects the bone barrow. While there is no cure for multiple myeloma, there are treatments available that can slow its progress.

The doctors treating Brokaw feel positive about the progress he has made since beginning cancer treatment.

"I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter.”

Brokaw, who began reporting for NBC News in 1966 has been a long-time fixture of the news world. Many appreciate his contributions to journalism and it is hoped that he continues to make progress with his treatment, as well as continue with his work for many years to come.

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