Al Roker is returning to the “Today Show” after doctors said his prognosis was “excellent” following prostate surgery, Deadline reported. The longtime TV weatherman said earlier this month that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Roker, 66, said he plans to return to the popular morning show on Monday. He’ll also host the show’s coverage of the Macy’s Day Parade. Crowds won’t be allowed at this year’s parade because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Doctors removed Roker’s prostate and surrounding lymph nodes during a Nov. 9 surgery. He spoke with the “Today Show” about the surgery and aftermath on Tuesday. Dr. Vincent Laudone of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center says Roker has “an excellent prognosis.”
“It was this great relief. 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 said.
Dr. Laudone told the show that Roker has no signs of the disease, but added doctors will need to continue to monitor him.
“The prognosis at this point in time based on how the surgery went and based on his pathology report, everything looks very favorable,” he said. “We would say that Al has no evidence of any cancer, but we’ll continue to monitor him for several years.”
Al Roker Discusses His Cancer Diagnosis
Al Roker announced on Nov. 6 that doctors had found the tumor, but they had caught it early.
“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Roker said at the time. “Good news is we [are catching] 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 said he decided to go public with his diagnosis because he wanted to encourage other men to get tested. He pointed out that early prostate cancer has no symptoms so screening is vital.
Doctors found Roker’s cancer because of a routine physical. His bloodwork showed an elevation of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) which is a warning sign, he said. Following this, Roker underwent an MRI, then a biopsy, before confirming his diagnosis.