Iconic broadcaster Tom Brokaw announced this week that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
NBC News reports that he is being treated for “multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow,” since August at the Mayo clinic.
“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,” he said in a statement (via NBC). “I remain the luckiest guys I know.”
Brokaw’s physicians remain “optimistic about the outcome of the treatment,” and he has continued to work on numerous projects, including coverage of the Winter Olympics.
The 74-year-old star completed his statement by asking for privacy while expressing gratitude for his supporters and well-wishers.
Brokaw stepped down from “NBC Nightly News” in 2004, but he has continued to make appearances on the Brian Williams-led program.
According to “USA Today,” the legendary newscaster has been married to his wife Meredith since 1962, and the couple has three daughters.