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Tom Brokaw Reveals He Has Cancer

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Brokaw on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Kovac—WireImage

The former Nightly News anchor revealed that he has multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects bone marrow blood cells, but says he remains optimistic about his treatment and his future as a journalist

Former NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday that he has cancer. According to NBC, doctors at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Brokaw with multiple myeloma in August. The disease affects blood cells in the bone marrow, but doctors are optimistic about the treatment he is receiving.

Brokaw released the following statement:

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.

[NBC News]

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