Cancer Type – Bone Marrow Cancer

Bio – The American Journalist many watched on NBC Nightly News greets cancer as a full time job.

Short Story – We all know, love, and respect him as a journalist, yet his battle with multiple myeloma added cancer patient to his resume at the age of 70. His cancer is incurable. Three years of chemotherapy, a spinal operation that left him three inches shorter, monthly infusions of bone supplements, and drugs to prevent respiratory infection, all part of his treatment routine.

Brokaw wrote an article for the New York Times, “Combating cancer is a full-time job that, in my case, requires 24 pills a day, including one that runs $500 a dose. For me, bone damage brought persistent back pain and unwelcome muscle deterioration.”

Tom Brokaw has worked with NBC for over a half of century. Cancer was not invited into his career as a special correspondent. Cancer changed his life, yet he has maintained a busy personal and professional life for as long as he could, enjoying biking, swimming, fly-fishing, and friends.

Cancer brought a huge respect for doctors, hospitals, research teams, and laboratory technicians who are deep in pursuit of a cancer cure. Gaining compassion for biology students and their genius.

Tom wrote a book about his very personal struggle with bone marrow cancer entitled, A Lucky Life Interrupted.

Thank you Tom for sharing your journey. Your struggle is still very real. Although at the time of diagnosis, the outlook was a good five years, you are a shining example of a champion of cancer.

Image Credits – By David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons


BornThomas John Brokaw, February 6, 1940 (age 77), Webster, South Dakota, U.S.
EducationYankton High School
Alma materUniversity of Iowa (no degree), University of South Dakota (B.A.)
OccupationTelevision journalist, author
Years active1960–present
EmployerRCA (1966–1986), General Electric (1986–2013), Comcast (2013–present)
Notable credit(s)Today co-anchor (1976–1981), NBC Nightly News anchor (1982–2004), NBC News Special Correspondent (2004–present), Meet the Press moderator (2008)
Salary$8 million
TermAnchor of NBC Nightly News
PredecessorJohn Chancellor
SuccessorBrian Williams
Spouse(s)Meredith Lynn Auld (m. 1962)