Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts announced Monday morning that she is battling MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare disease of the blood and bone marrow. She said the disease stemmed from her breast cancer treatment.
So what are myelodysplastic syndromes? According to the Mayo Clinic , myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) occur when something goes wrong in your bone marrow.
According to Mayo Clinic, there is no cure for myelodysplastic syndromes, but in some cases a bone marrow transplant may help prolong life.
Roberts told the national TV audience that she was beginning pretreatment Monday, chemotherapy leading up to a bone marrow transplant later in the year. She said her sister will be her donor and will be an excellent match, which will help her chances.