Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw battling cancer

Veteran U.S. media face Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said.

According to the network division, the doctors, who are operating Brokaw, are optimistic about his treatment and encouraged by his progress since he was diagnosed with the deadly disease.

An optimistic Brokaw said in a statement that he remained “the luckiest guy I know.”

“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.

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The 74-year-old mediaperson was diagnosed with cancer in August by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Brokaw was the anchorman and managing editor of NBC Nightly New between the period 1982 and 2004. Currently, he is working as an NBC News special correspondent. He has been active in his work since his diagnosis. He has worked on several projects including a documentary about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and has appeared on the “Today” show, “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.”

Expressing urge to continue his work, Brokaw said, “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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