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OTRC: Tom Brokaw, 74, diagnosed with cancer: I'm optimistic about the future

Tom Brokaw appears at the National Board of Review Awards 2014 Gala on Jan. 7, 2014. / Brokaw appears at the New York special screening of The Weinstein Company's 'Quartet' on Dec. 5, 2012. (Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Tom Brokaw, the 74-year-old former "NBC Nightly News" anchor, revealed recently that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Brokaw released a statement to NBC News on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and the news outlet confirmed he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow.

Brokaw was diagnosed in August at the Mayo Clinic, however, he said in his statement that he is optimistic about his future.

"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," Brokaw said in his statement. "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," he added.

Brokaw anchored "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 to 2004, then Brian Williams took over. He has continued to work with NBC News on projects since his diagnosis including a documentary on the assassination of John F. Kennedy and as a contributor to NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi.

(Pictured: Left - Tom Brokaw appears at the National Board of Review Awards 2014 Gala on Jan. 7, 2014. / Right - Brokaw appears at the New York special screening of The Weinstein Company's "Quartet" on Dec. 5, 2012.)

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