For more than two decades, Tom Brokaw was the face of NBC News. Now the veteran news anchor and author is facing a form of blood cancer.
In 1983, Tom Brokaw became the only anchor on NBC’s Nightly News program, which quickly came to lead over network news shows in the ratings. He had joined the network in 1966. Tom Brokaw stepped down as an NBC news anchor in 2004, but has continued on as an NBC news special correspondent, the Chicago Tribune notes.
In addition to his time at NBC, Tom Brokaw is the author of a number of best-selling books, including a popular history of the Americans who fought World War II, titled The Greatest Generation.
Now, NBC says that the 74-year-old Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He is said to be making good progress fighting the disease.
Here are six things to know about Tom Brokaw’s battle with the cancer:
- Multiple myeloma attacks anti-body producing white blood cells, called plasma cells, inside bone marrow.
- The disease causes a dangerous increase in the levels of a certain protein in a patient’s bones and blood.
- Symptoms include fatigue and bone pain.
- Elevated levels of the protein can harm organ tissue and bones.
- Treatments, including chemotherapy, can slow the spread of multiple myeloma, but the disease cannot be currently cured.
- Multiple myeloma usually strikes people over 60 years old.