Illness

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission

May 19, 2014: Journalist and winner of a personal Peabody Award for his work, Tom Brokaw, speaks after winning the award in New York. (Reuters)

May 19, 2014: Journalist and winner of a personal Peabody Award for his work, Tom Brokaw, speaks after winning the award in New York. (Reuters)

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.

The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that he will soon begin a drug maintenance program after months of chemotherapy.

Sharing with colleagues what he called "very encouraging news," Brokaw's memo noted that a year ago his future was "more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge."

Last February, he revealed that six months earlier he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the blood marrow, and was undergoing treatment.

The former NBC "Nightly News" anchor is now a special correspondent. He has continued to work on projects during his treatment, including participation in last month's election night coverage.

The 74-year-old Brokaw called the past year "a challenge," but added gratefully he met it in "world-class hospitals with brilliant physicians."