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Tom Brokaw of NBC News reveals that he has cancer

Tom Brokaw, the 74-year-old legendary NBC News anchor, has been diagnosed with cancer. Brokaw made a personal statement about his medical condition on Tuesday. The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor revealed that he learned last August that he has multiple myeloma which is a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow, according to a Huffington Post report on Tuesday.

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The NBC network staffers reportedly received word from NBC News president Deborah Turness and NBC Universal News Group’s chairman Pat Fili-Krushel which asserted that Brokaw’s doctors have given the former newsman an optimistic prognosis. They wrote, “We all love Tom dearly and so we are pleased to let you know that he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making.”

Throughout Brokaw’s cancer treatments, he has continued working – and he is expected to continue working.

Brokaw released his own statement in which he called himself "the luckiest guy" he knows. He stated that with the exceptional support of his family, medical team and friends, he is very optimistic about the future and looks forward to continuing his life, his work and adventures still to come.

He concluded by stating that he is very grateful for the interest in his condition, but he also hopes everyone understands that he wishes to keep this a private matter.