Legendary NBC news man Tom Brokaw has revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer after a 2013 visit to the Mayo Clinic, according to NBC.com.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was First Diagnosed in August Last Year
According to NBC, Brokaw is suffering with “cancer affecting the blood cells in the bone marrow.” The diagnosis came during an examination at the Mayo Clinic in August 2013.
2. Brokaw Says He’s ‘The Luckiest Guy I Know’
When talking about his health, Brokaw said that he is “the luckiest guy I know.” His doctors have said that the prognosis is good. The news man published a letter on NBC’s website reading:
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.
According to Myelomabeacon.com:
Ten-year myeloma survival rates also increased markedly. However, the average newly diagnosed myeloma patient in the late 2000s was still only 25 percent as likely to live an additional ten years as a member of the general population.
3. Cancer Won’t Stop Him From Working
Despite his illness, Brokaw has contributed to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics. As well as working NBC’s documentary about the Kennedy assassination.
4. Brokaw Said He’s Lost 11 Friends to Lung Cancer
Recently, Brokaw was highly supportive of drugstore chain CVS’s decision to discontinue sales of cigarettes. In his opinion piece, he wrote:
Part of the reason is personal. I’ve lost eleven tobacco-addicted friends to lung cancer, most recently a Montana ranch woman who could survive a terrible horse riding accident, long bitter winters and hard, hard work — but not cigarettes
The other motivation is the high cost of American health care. Most national health experts say if you want to have an immediate impact on the high cost of health, outlaw cigarettes and reduce the cancer, emphysema, heart attacks and second hand smoke consequences they bring with them.
5. He’s Been at the Peacock Network For 47 Years
Brokaw has been an employee of NBC since 1966.
In 2012, Brokaw was rushed to hospital after an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, according to Deadline. His sudden illness was related to taking a “half-dose of Ambien.”
All is well Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants…
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) September 6, 2012