Tom Brokaw, legendary newsman, announced on Tuesday that he is currently undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone.

Tom Brokaw Currently Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Brokaw, 74, revealed that he was diagnosed in August 2013, and has continued to work for NBC News as a Special Correspondent despite his treatment. NBC released a statement breaking the news, and stated that Brokaw’s doctors are “optimistic” about Brokaw’s treatment.

“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,” Brokaw said in the statement.

Brokaw also asked the public to respect his privacy during his recovery, saying, “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 has worked at NBC since 1966 and is currently working as a contributor to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics. He acted as anchor of the NBC Nightly News for 21 years and won many awards for his work, including an Emmy as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He has interviewed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson, and continues to be a key player in the coverage of Presidential elections.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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