Battling cancer, NBC honors Tom Brokaw

By By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — NBC's Tom Brokaw, about to be honored with his name atop the network's West Coast news center, says that cancer

has slowed him but not stopped him from working.

NBC on Tuesday is dedicating its new broadcast facility in Universal City, Calif., as the "Brokaw News Center." It will host

the West Coast operations of NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and local Los Angeles news programs.

"It has become a larger deal in my life than I anticipated," said Brokaw, the former "Nightly News" anchor who began his NBC

career in Los Angeles.

Brokaw, 74, has been undergoing chemotherapy for multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. He was

diagnosed last summer.

"The physicians all think it's going to be successful," he said. "There are no guarantees in this business. I cannot say it

has not affected my life. It has taken over my life in many ways. But I'm still able to write and work and do the things I

like to do. I'm just not able to do them at the same pace."

Since stepping down as "Nightly News" anchor in 2004, Brokaw has kept active as a commentator, filled in as "Meet the Press"

moderator after Tim Russert died and has done several documentaries, many with an historical bent.

The author of "The Greatest Generation" is

working on projects related to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day

invasion, and

a story on Hollywood filmmakers in World War II. Brokaw said he

and Rick Atkinson, author of a World War II trilogy, will

give lectures on a boat ride from England that is set to land in

Normandy, France, on the anniversary of D-Day in June. The

veteran newsman said he finds the work therapeutic.

It's not all work: Brokaw said he's sent his doctor tapes of fishing techniques with the question, "I should be able to do

this by now, right?

"Am I going to beat this and beat this on my own terms?" he said. "That's probably not possible but I'm going to have a big

life going on from here. I'm not someone who's over there picking out caskets."