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Today's Al Roker shares health update following five-hour cancer surgery

The Today co-host and weatherman spoke to Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb about his health

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Today show star Al Roker took part in his first interview since his cancer operation last week, and the popular presenter had some good news to share.

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Chatting on Tuesday's episode of the NBC News programme to Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, Al opened up about his five-hour prostate cancer operation, and told his co-stars that he had been told the surgery had been successful, and that he hoped to return to the show next week.

"I just went to the doctor yesterday and I got some good news," Al said, before his doctor appeared on camera. "The initial results look hopeful," he explained.

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"Al has no evidence of any cancer but we will continue to monitor him for several years."

A previously recorded video of Al talking about his diagnosis also featured in the segment, where the dad-of-three opened up about how his diagnosis had made him feel.

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Al Roker spoke to Today co-stars Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb

"I didn't physically feel any different, but I was different, because I knew I had cancer," he said.

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On the future, Al said: "I feel good. I keep forgetting, the technology has got so good that they did it with a robot. So I felt much better after the surgery than I did with any of my joint replacements."

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Al has been supported by his co-stars since announcing his cancer diagnosis

He added: "I didn't feel like I had major surgery but I have this swelling around my stomach so my clothes don't fit me quite right now."

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Al's surgeon then told him that the margins looked to be clear. On the moment he found out, he said: "I was with Deborah and Nick and it was like this great relief.

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The Today show star with son Nick following his operation

"Look, we are not out of the woods but for a first start, this is terrific. This is terrific news.

"I'm going to be up for lifelong testing to make sure that this doesn't come back," he added.

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Al went on to thank all his doctors and nurses for their support, and Savannah told viewers: "If it wasn't for the pandemic, we would see all of them at Al's Christmas party."

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Al with wife Deborah Roberts

The star is set to return to the Today show next week, following a two-week break to recover from his surgery. "We look forward to seeing you next week," Savannah told him as they said goodbye at the end of the interview.

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