Tom Brokaw Being Treated for Multiple Myeloma

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to a statement issued by Brokaw and NBC.

The author of "The Greatest Generation" and a current special NBC correspondent for the Winter Olympics, Brokaw was actually diagnosed over the summer and has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

For nearly 20 years, beginning in 1983, Brokaw hosted "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," becoming a trusted fixture in American households until he was replaced by Brian Williams in 2004.

NBC releases statement by Brokaw

"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 released by NBC last night. "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."

There is no cure for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that affects white blood cells in the bone marrow, although there are a few treatment options. Brokaw is 74.

You can learn more about Multiple Myeloma at CancerTreatment.net.

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