NBC'S Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

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NBC'S Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer
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Journalist Tom Brokaw, is introduced before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama awards journalist, Tom Brokaw, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 6: Tom Brokaw visits the Late Show With David Letterman on March 6, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Corredor99/MediaPunch
Tom Brokaw speaks at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry annual dinner Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw poses with his award at the 73rd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, May 19, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchors Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Former NBC "Today" television program hosts Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, center, and Deborah Norville, gather for a toast in New York's Rockefeller Center, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. They appeared on the show's 60th anniversary broadcast. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Former NBC "Today" television program hosts Tom Brokaw, left, Jane Pauley, second left, Deborah Norville, center, and Katie Couric, right, with veteran weatherman Willard Scott, gather for a toast in New York's Rockefeller Center, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. They appeared on the show's 60th anniversary broadcast. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Tom Brokaw, anchorman of NBC's "Nightly News" listens during a press conference Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in New York. Brokaw announced he would retire as anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" in 2004. He will be succeeded by Brian WIliams. NBC becomes the first of the three networks to announce a succession plan for their chief anchors. (AP Photo/ Diane Bondareff)
Tom Brokaw sits in his New York City office on March 25, 1985. With the third anniversary of Brokaw's tenure as anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" approaching, he is basking in the glow of increased ratings. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
President Bill Clinton walking with NBC Nightly News correspondent, Tom Brokaw in April 1993. (AP Photo)
President Clinton gestures during a Town Hall Meeting on gun control with Tom Brokaw in Denver on Wednesday, April 12, 2000. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)
NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, left, talks with actor John Lithgow backstage at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theater, Friday, May 21, 1988. Lithgow is performing in the Broadway production of "M. Butterfly," which is nominated for a Tony award. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
Network news correspondents Dan Rather, left, of CBS News, Tom Brokaw of NBC News and Barbara Walters, right, of ABC News, host the International Radio and Television Society Gold Medal Award for president of ABC News and Sports Roone Arledge in New York City, Wednesday night, March 10, 1983. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NBC's "Today" show host Tom Brokaw and newswoman Jane Pauley share a moment prior to Pauley's first appearance on the network morning news program, New York, October 11, 1976. (AP Photo)
Lauren Bacall, left, and Tom Brokaw arrive for a special screening of Michael Moore's new film "Fahrenheit 9/11" Monday June 14, 2004 in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
CBS anchor Dan Rather, center, speaks as NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, left, puts an arm on him, alongside ABC anchor Peter Jennings, right, during a panel discussion titled, "From Where We Sit," in New York Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004. Rather did not to comment on CBS's discredited report on President Bush's military service. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, right, and his successor Brian Williams, pose for a photo in the NBC news department in New York, prior to Brokaw's last broadcast, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2004. Making good on an exit plan announced in May 2002, Brokaw, 64, is stepping away from daily journalism after 23 years to pursue his varied other interests, including more time on his Montana ranch. But his NBC association will continue under an agreement to host at least three documentaries a year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw delivers his closing remarks during his final broadcast, in New York Wednesday Dec. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Television newsman Tom Brokaw is seen in 1976. (AP Photo)
Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, left, appears on NBC's "Today" television program with host Tom Brokaw on Monday, Feb. 23, 1981 in New York. (AP Photo)
Debate moderator Tom Brokaw speaks before the start of a townhall-style presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Moderator Tom Brokaw of NBC speaks to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the town hall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)
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. Brokaw was taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital Thursday morning after appearing on MSNBC's ?Morning Joe.? The network says Brokaw felt ?light-headed? on the set of the news-talk program, which has been originating this week from Charlotte. ?Out of an abundance of caution,? he was taken to the hospital, which was not identified. He was being evaluated and ?is in good spirits,? NBC said. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
Tom Brokaw, former NBC News anchor, stands outside Holy Trinity Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, after speaking at funeral services for the late Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, Wednesday, June 18, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Tom Brokaw arrives at the Sun Valley Inn for the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Sun Valley, Idaho (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
THE TODAY SHOW -- Pictured: Host Tom Brokaw (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Television journalist and author Tom Brokaw, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Nov., 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, left, and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and attend the International Rescue Committee Freedom Award Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Reichbaum)
TOM BROKAW -- Pictured: KNBC News' Tom Brokaw in 1971 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWir via Getty Images)
Television journalist and author Tom Brokaw, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Nov., 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchor, embraces Mariane Pearl, widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, at the Twelfth Annual Press Freedom Awards ceremony in New York Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002. Pearl accepted the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award given by the Committee to Protect Journalists on behalf of her late husband. Daniel Pearl was reporting a story in Karachi, Pakistan in early 2002 when he was kidnapped and killed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NBC anchor Tom Brokaw arrives for the morning meetings at the annual media conference Thursday, July 10, 2003, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Brokaw will moderate a panel discussion on the Middle East on Friday. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Cal Ripken Jr., left, and Tom Brokaw talk before entering the graduation ceremony on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Thursday, May 23, 2002, to receive their honorary degrees of humane letters from the university. (AP Photo/ Matt Houston)
NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw speaks at the Partnership for a Drug-Free America gala, Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, in New York, where he was honored at their annual "Making a Difference" benefit. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
Tom Brokaw hosts The National Audubon Society's first gala to jointly award the Audubon Medal and the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for The National Audubon Society/AP Images)
NBC NEWS - SPECIALS -- 'Angelina Jolie: Unbroken' -- Pictured: (l-r) Angelina Jolie, Tom Brokaw -- (Photo by: Craig Barritt/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent for NBC News, speaks at 'Witnessing the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Conversation with Tom Brokaw' at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics on November 18, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) talks to journalist Tom Brokaw (3rd R) after an East Room ceremony to present Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NBC News says veteran newsman Tom Brokaw has cancer.

The network says Brokaw was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Doctors are optimistic about his treatment.

Former Anchorman Tom Brokaw Has Cancer

In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw says he remains the luckiest guy he knows, and he looks forward to continuing his life and his work. He says he wants to keep his illness a private matter.

Brokaw turned 72 on Feb. 6.

The onetime national news anchor is a special NBC News correspondent, and NBC says he has continued to work on projects during his treatment.

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