Tom Brokaw Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma

02/11/2014 at 07:45 PM EST

Tom Brokaw Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma
Tom Brokaw
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NBC newsman Tom Brokaw reveals he's been diagnosed with cancer. Doctors are optimistic about his treatment and Brokaw says, "I remain the luckiest guy I know."

Brokaw, 74, was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC says.

"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," Brokaw says in a statement released by NBC.

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

The onetime national news anchor is a special NBC News correspondent, and NBC says he has continued to work on projects during his treatment.





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