The longtime weatherman and co-host wanted to go public with his diagnosis to encourage more men, especially Black men, to go to the doctor for their “proper checkups,” If caught early, it is treatable.
“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Al said. “Good news is we caught it early. Not great news is that it’s a little aggressive, so I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.”
Roker,66, is scheduled for surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Vincent Laudone will perform the procedure.
“We’ll just wait and see, and hopefully in about two weeks, I’ll be back (on TODAY),” Al said.
“Fortunately his cancer appears somewhat limited or confined to the prostate, but because it’s more aggressive, we wanted to treat it, and after discussion regarding all of the different options — surgery, radiation, focal therapy — we settled on removing the prostate,” Laudone said on TODAY.
Roker thanked everyone for “good thought wishes and prayers” in a tweet Friday.
I want to thank everyone sending all the good thoughts, wishes and prayers our way. Looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks. https://t.co/Pzjkc9MqkG
— Al Roker (@alroker) November 6, 2020
We wish him a speedy recovery.
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