Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer, doctors optimistic about progress

Tom Brokaw, NBC Special Correspondent

NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and that his doctors are encouraged with the progress he is making.

NBC News released the information about Brokawâ??s illness in a tweet for the first time Tuesday evening. Brokaw was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.

Brokaw has continued to work on special projects for NBC during his treatment. He was part of a two-hour documentary on the assassination of JFK, and also made appearances on â??TODAY,â?? â??Nightly News with Brian Williams,â?? â??Meet the Pressâ?? and MSNBC. He is currently contributing to the NBC Sports Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi.

Brokaw released this personal statement on Tuesday:

â??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.â??

â??I remain the luckiest guy I know.â??

â??I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter.â??