Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw (R) and Meredith Brokaw attend the International Rescue Committee's Annual Freedom Award benefit at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IRC)
NBC correspondent Tom Brokaw says he has been diagnosed with cancer but is encouraged with his progress against the disease. (NBCnews.com)
Brokaw said he has multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in the bone marrow. He was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in August.
While under treatment, Brokaw has continued to work as a correspondent for NBC on several special projects. He has worked for the network since 1966.
Brokaw released the following statement with the news of his cancer:
"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."