Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and former “NBC Nightly News” anchor, has that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood cells in the bone marrow.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that strikes white blood cells in the bone marrow called plasma cells. Plasma cells normally produce antibodies to help fight infection, but in multiple myeloma, an over-abundance of malignant plasma cells causes a release of unhealthy levels of a protein into the bones and blood. This in turn can cause damage to bone tissue and organs.
There is no known cure for multiple myeloma, but treatments are available that slow its progression, according to the medical website .
He was diagnosed back in August of last year at the Mayo Clinic, and has been quietly undergoing treatments, including while filming the special 2-hour JFK assassination anniversary documentary in November and media coverage of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi.
He says that he and his doctors are optimistic in his outlook and encouraged by the obviously astounding progress the veteran reporter is making.
“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,” Brokaw said in a statement.
“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, 74, began his long career at NBC as a reporter in 1966. He then went on to host “The Today Show” from 1976-1981. He replaced John Chancellor at the helm of the “Nightly News” desk, first as co-anchor that year with Roger Mudd and then as sole anchor in September 1983, while the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” was still the top weeknight network newscast.
But, “CBS Evening New with Walter Cronkite” soon relinquished the top spot. Brokaw and “Nightly News” moved to the top of the Nielsen ratings and lorded over Dan Rather and the “CBS Evening News”, as well as Peter Jennings and “ABC World News Tonight” through the end of Brokaw’s long run in 2004, when he handed the show over to Brian Williams.
Brokaw has had some pretty impressive encounters and accomplishments throughout his years on the air. He anchored NBC Nightly News for 22 years, authored a bestselling book on “The Greatest Generation”, a work of history which he says is the work he is most proud of. He saw and reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall, and nabbed one of the first American interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev. He also served as White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal of the Richard Nixon administration.
The man has seen it all in the last 48 years in American history and has brought so much to the world of televised broadcasting. I would join his colleagues, friends, and family in wishing him a safe, comfortable, and full recovery.
Lacy Langley – NEWSslinger Contributor
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