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Tom Snyder diagnosed with leukemia

Former late-night host, 68, upbeat about treatment
/ Source: The Associated Press

Tom Snyder, a late-night talk show fixture for years, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Snyder announced on his Web site Friday that doctors have told him that he has chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

"When I was a kid leukemia was a death sentence. Now, my doctors say it's treatable! With pills or chemotherapy or a combination of both," he said.

Snyder, 68, says he had been low on stamina, felt bloated and gained about 50 pounds — all symptoms that led him to seek tests. Coincidentally, he says his younger brother also has been diagnosed with the same disease.

"Suffice to say that 2005 has not been a bell ringer for the Snyder boys," he wrote in an earlier posting.

Snyder hosted NBC's "The Tomorrow Show" from 1973-82. He also had a four-year run on CBS' "The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder," which he left in 1999. The show was reformatted for new host Craig Kilborn.

Despite the news, Snyder was as upbeat and opinionated as ever. He brushed on topics such as Social Security, morning network television, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and celebrity memoirs. He finished with a familiar signoff:

"Back soon, same time. Same station. `Night all!"