NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- One of the nation's most respected news anchors said Tuesday that he has multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow.
Tom Brokaw, who has worked with NBC for decades, said in a statement that Mayo Clinic doctors diagnosed him last August. The 74-year-old journalist called himself the "luckiest guy I know" and said that he was "very optimistic about the future."
Here's his statement in full:
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.
Brokaw joined NBC News in 1966. He hosted the Today Show from 1976 until 1982, when he became the anchor for NBC Nightly News, a position he held until 2004. He still works with the network as a special correspondent on programs like Today and Meet the Press.