Friday, April 3, 2015

Tom Sinkovitz, Bay Area TV News Veteran, Dealing With Cancer And Carrying on With Life

 If ever there were a guy to beat the odds, Tom Sinkovitz is that guy. Not just mere odds involving a game or something else but a life game, the ultimate game-changer, like cancer.

The longtime Bay Area TV anchor (KRON/KNTV) disclosed to me he has stage-4 lung cancer.

The good news is that Sinkovitz, who was last anchoring at NBC Bay Area in December, 2010, received some positive news from his oncologist this week.

"He basically told me the cancer hasn't spread; that it's been isolated and that, for the moment, it's under control. I'm not out of the woods but I feel a helluva lot better and I'm stronger."

Sinkovitz has added some weight too and says he's not as doggedly tired as he used to be and he credits a new super drug called zykadia his doctors have given him as the basis of his physical strength. For the time being, he's getting better.

He's also comforted by his wife, Paula and their two 15 year-old twins. "They've all been remarkable and incredibly comforting. We've been up front about explaining to them what's going on and they are adopting well."

Sinkovitz knows he's got a long road ahead but he's clearly prepared to do battle. "I feel great--every day is a new day."

Let's all pull for the great Sink.

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  1. Our prayers today are with Tom and Paula - and their immediate family - who we count among our dear friends. They were there for us in some pretty tough times and now we are for them. If you guys need anything beyond the prayers we are sending, just let us know. Keep up the good fight Tom, and may God be with you always

  2. Always loved Sink.

  3. All best wishes, Sinkie....
    You can BEAT this thing!
    - Greg from SF

  4. Wishing the best for him and his family always!

  5. Wow, this hit me hard. The best to Tom. He's one of the most professional people I've ever worked with.

  6. Keep up the good fight, Tom!

  7. Wow!! what a shock!!!!! Tom I'm praying for you and I hope you continue to feel better.

  8. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Tom knows that he is not only a first-class journalist but also a witty, warm, caring and delightful human being. It sucks that something like this is happening to him. I'm pulling for him and wish him all the best.

  9. I've met Tom a number of times at media events over the years, and he's a really good fellow. It's very disconcerting to hear this news and I know how he's feeling. My wife was diagnosed with cancer last week and is just starting to undergo treatment. My daughter and I are scared and sad but we are also positive and strong and we know she will get through this rough episode as will Tom!

  10. Second what everyone here says and wishing Tom the best as he is--and has always been--an exceptionally talented professional who also happens to be a very nice guy.