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Tom Brokaw diagnosed with blood cancer multiple myeloma

Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw is being treated for multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.

Tom Brokaw

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation says multiple myeloma, is a hematologic cancer, or cancer of the blood. It is the second most common blood cancer, after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and represents approximately 1% of all cancers in white individuals and 2% of all cancers in black individuals.

Brokaw, 74, was diagnosed in August at the Mayo Clinic. NBC network says, "His doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment he is receiving, and Brokaw said he remains 'the luckiest guy I know.'"

The network announcement continues,"Throughout the treatment, Brokaw has continued to work on NBC News projects, including a two-hour documentary on the assassination of JFK, appearances on 'TODAY,' 'Nightly News with Brian Williams,' 'Meet the Press' and MSNBC. He is also contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi."

The NBC release included a personal quote from Brokaw.

"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. "I remain the luckiest guy I know."

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