LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Robin Roberts has MDS, myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder affecting bone marrow. Robin Roberts says MDS is the result of treatment for breast cancer. Robin made the MDS revelation Monday morning on GMA.
Robin Roberts told news that MDS treatment is the result of her cancer treatment five years ago. “Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues. That’s what I’m facing right now” she told news. Robin told viewers she has “MDS – myelodysplastic syndrome. It is a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.”
Robin made the revelation today because she also begins treatment this afternoon. “I didn’t want you to be concerned if you see a bandage tomorrow.” She says the treatment will include “drugs … for a period of time … to prepare me for a bone marrow transplant.”
ABC News President Ben Sherwood issued a news statement today to employees. “I’m afraid I have some tough news to share news this morning. With courage and humanity, Robin beat breast cancer five years ago. In a few minutes on GMA, she will share that she’s facing a serious new health challenge.” Sherwood added “We love Robin, the heart and soul of ABC News, and we’ll stand arm in arm with her as she fights this new battle. She is the captain of our GMA team; she has been the keystone of our recent victories; and she will lead the program for many years to come.”
Robin says she will stay with GMA during the fight. “I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA. I love what I do and the people with whom I do it. Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge.” For the complete statement to news, click HERE.