Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, 74, said on Tuesday that he is battling multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in the bone marrow.

Tom Brokaw Reveals Battle with Cancer
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The NBC News special correspondent and former “Nightly News” anchor said in a statement, "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."

He continued, "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’s doctors are encouraged with the progress he is making, and Brokaw has continued his work for the network, including contributions to NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi.

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