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Tom Brokaw: Veteran NBC anchor reveals he has cancer, asks for privacy

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Tom Brokaw, veteran American television journalist and author, best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, revealed today in a statement released to the network that he has cancer.

According to MSN on Tuesday, Brokaw, who just turned 74 last week, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that starts in the plasma cells in bone marrow. Brokaw was diagnosed in August of last year, and the network called his prognosis "encouraging."

"In a personal note, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making," the news division wrote.

Brokaw is best known as sitting in the anchor chair and serving as the managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. After his 22-year run ended, the veteran newsman has worked as an NBC News special correspondent. The network said Brokaw has continued to work since being diagnosed, and has contributed to NBC Sports' Sochi Olympics coverage during his treatment.

"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," the announcement said. "He is also contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi."

Brokaw released the following statement via NBC News:

"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."

"I remain the luckiest guy I know."

"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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