“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts revealed on Monday that after beating breast cancer five years ago, she faces another health battle called myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. It’s a blood and bone marrow disease, linked to the cancer treatment that once saved her life. The 51-year-old broke the news on Monday morning’s show, “Sometimes, treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues. And that’s what I’m facing right now,” she said. About 18,000 cases are diagnosed each year. Only a few hundred are caused by chemo or radiation. Sometimes cancer treatment can affect the DNA of blood-producing stem cells. Later, the fear is that it can turn into leukemia. Roberts begins pre-treatment chemotherapy to prepare for a bone marrow transplant later this year. Roberts’ older sister turned out to be a perfect match for her donor bone marrow.
| June 11, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.