Al Roker Has Prostate Cancer

By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters

Long-time meteorologist and morning TV co-host Al Roker said Friday that he has prostate cancer and will have surgery next week to have his prostate removed.

The 66-year-old made the announcement on NBC’s “Today,” and said he hopes to be back on the show in about two weeks, CBS News reported.

“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Roker 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’s surgery will be performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and will be conducted by Dr. Vincent Laudone, who spoke about Roker’s diagnosis on “Today” on Friday, CBS News reported.

“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.

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