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FILE - This Jan. 12, 2012 file photo shows NBC News special correspondent and former "Today" show host Tom Brokaw, attending the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration at the Edison Ballroom, in New York. NBC News says the veteran newsman has cancer. The network says Brokaw was diagnosed in August 2013 with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
Tom Brokaw of NBC diagnosed with cancer

By LYNN ELBER

The Associated Press

First Published Feb 11 2014 07:28 pm • Last Updated Feb 11 2014 07:28 pm

Los Angeles • Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday. The Mayo Clinic discovered last summer that Brokaw has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said. His doctors are optimistic about his treatment and encouraged by his progress since the August diagnosis, the network division said.

Brokaw said he remains, in his words, "the luckiest guy I know."

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"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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