Al-Rocker is feeling positive after his prostate cancer surgery.
The NBC News presenter appeared on TODAY on Tuesday to give information to his colleagues about his health.
“It was a great relief,” Rocker described the feeling of completing the operation. “For starters, this is great news. I will be preparing – and many people living with cancer – for lifelong exams to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
The 66-year-old forecaster removed the prostate and some surrounding tissues and lymph nodes from surgeon Dr. Vincent Lodone.
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“The prognosis at this point in time based on how the operation went and based on his pathology report, everything looks very favorable,”
Rocker said his recovery is going well and he has already returned to his walking tour of Central Park.
“I feel good,” Rocker said. “The technology became so good – they did it with a robot – that I felt much better after the operation than with any of my joint replacements.”
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“I didn’t feel like I had a major operation, but I have this swelling around my stomach, so the clothes don’t fit properly right now. I’m very vain, so I feel like a Michelin man right now,” added the Emmy winner.
Roker is even aiming to return to the airwaves to be part of Macy’s Thanksgiving parade next week.
“This is what everyone is asking, will there be a Thanksgiving parade? We tell them yes, but it will be different,” he teased. “But it’s happening.”
Rocker announced his diagnosis on November 6.
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“This is good news – bad news,” he said. “The good news is we caught her early.” It’s not good news that it’s a little aggressive, so I’ll take some time to take care of it. “