Al Roker returned to the Today show in his first appearance since announcing his prostate cancer diagnosis.
After his Nov. 6 announcement, the legendary weatherman endured a five-hour surgery three days later at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to remove his prostate and surrounding lymph nodes
A week later he revealed that the surgery was a success after a pathology report found no evidence that the cancer had spread to healthy tissue or organs.
“It was this great relief,” Roker told the show. “For a first start, this is terrific news. I’m going to be up for — and a lot of people who live with cancer — up for lifelong testing to make sure this doesn’t come back.”
Roker’s doctor shared his prognosis in a Today segment last week. “The prognosis at this point in time based on how the surgery went and based on his pathology report, everything looks very favorable. We would say that Al has no evidence of any cancer, but we’ll continue to monitor him for several years.”
The anchor shared his diagnosis and treatment with the public to encourage men to get screened, as the disease affects 1 in 9 men and is highly treatable if detected at an early stage.
Upon his return co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie said Roker had never looked better. “Actually I was hoping I looked a little better,” he cracked. “Great medical care and the love of friends and family, it goes a long way.”
Roker returned back to the show in time to resume his duties as co-host of New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 23, 2020