'Relieved': Al Roker gives update on his prostate cancer

Beloved weatherman said it was discovered after a routine medical checkup


After Al Roker shared Nov. 6 on the "Today" show that he will undergo surgery following a prostate cancer diagnosis, the beloved weatherman said Thursday he's back home.

Roker previously shared that it was discovered after a routine medical checkup in September. On Thursday, he said he underwent the prostrate cancer surgery.

He thanked everyone at the Josie Robertson Surgery Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City as well as viewers and coworkers for their support.

"It's a good news/bad news kind of thing," he said previously. "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."

When the news broke, Roker said he wanted to go public with his illness because one in nine men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, "but for African American men that number's one in seven and is more deadly."

"So, if you detect it early, this is a really treatable disease, and it's why I wanted to take you along my journey so we can all learn together how to educate and protect the men in our lives," he said.

Dr. Vincent Laudone, Roker's surgeon, said the cancer "appears somewhat limited or confined to the prostate" but given that it's aggressive, the decision was made to remove the prostate.

Roker said his wife, journalist Deborah Roberts, has been his fiercest advocate and later added he doesn't want people feeling sorry for him.

Roker's colleagues rallied around him Nov. 6 and he said he's feeling optimistic about his cancer battle.

"We'll just wait and see, and hopefully in about two weeks, I'll be back on 'Today,'" he said earlier.

"See you all soon," he said Thursday.

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Hearst TV contributed to this report.