NBC’s Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

University of South Dakota graduate and Yankton native Tom Brokaw, the retired anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” spoke Sept. 29, 2010 at USD’s Muenster University Center. He spent a portion of his speech honoring his mentor, the late William “Doc” Farber. (Photo by David Lias)

University of South Dakota graduate and Yankton native Tom Brokaw, the retired anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” spoke Sept. 29, 2010 at USD’s Muenster University Center. He spent a portion of his speech honoring his mentor, the late William “Doc” Farber. (Photo by David Lias)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC News says veteran newsman Tom Brokaw has cancer.

The network says Brokaw was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Doctors are optimistic about his treatment.

In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw says he remains the luckiest guy he knows, and he looks forward to continuing his life and his work. He says he wants to keep his illness a private matter.

A native of Yankton, Brokaw turned 72 on Feb. 6. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1964.

The onetime national news anchor is a special NBC News correspondent, and NBC says he has continued to work on projects during his treatment.

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