Tom Brokaw: Cancer Diagnosis Can Be A ‘Great Strain’ On Other Families

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 by The Inquisitr, 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.”

This past Thursday Tom Brokaw and David Letterman spoke together about his on-going fight against cancer and it sounds like he’s keeping upbeat:

“As you know, I was keeping it as private as I possibly could, which I intend to continue doing. I’m very pleased with the progress, and that’s about as far as I want to go.”

But Brokaw also believes that out of all the people going through the same struggle there are many who do not have the same advantages as him:

“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.”

Letterman also pointed out how busy Brokaw has been, saying, “That’s a good sign in and of itself.” It’s said that Brokaw’s doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the cancer treatment he is receiving. In the same time frame, Brokaw has continued to work on various NBC News projects, including a two-hour documentary on the assassination of JFK, appearances on TODAY, Nightly News with Brian Williams, Meet the Press, and MSNBC. He even was involved in contributing to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

According to Brokaw, all this hard work is like part of the cancer treatment for him:

“Well, that’s been therapy for me. 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.”

What do you think about Tom Brokaw’s attitude toward his cancer fight?