Tom Brokaw Talks About His Cancer and What it Means for Him

Apr 11 2014, 4:07pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Tom Brokaw Talks About His Cancer and What it Means for Him
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He also discusses his family

Tom Brokaw’s cancer diagnosis has the 74-year-old NBC news correspondent sympathizing with the stress that other families in similar circumstances have to fight through.

In a related report, doctors say Tom Brokaw’s cancer treatment was for multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Brokaw released a statement at the time which was very encouraging:

“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'm so conscious of that every day, because it involves the whole family and it's tricky and it becomes a big strain. In our case, we've got the resources and access, and so I am much more aware of what other families are going through, and I think we all have to be, as a matter of fact," he revealed gratefully.

Letterman pointed out that since Brokaw found out about his condition, "you have worked almost as much as you've always worked right through it, so I think that's a good sign in and of itself." "Well, that's been therapy for me," explained the former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. "I'm writing, I've been working, I've been on this broadcast, I've done things at NBC, and I want to have my other life."

In a series of conversations with Fortune's David A. Kaplan, he reflected on more than 50 years in broadcasting and a personal life that early on hardly seemed destined for greatness. In his Rockefeller Center office filled with memorabilia of history and family, he talked about journalism, celebrity, public service, Warren Buffett, David Letterman, and who does the best Brokaw imitation reports CNN Money.

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