Robin Roberts, the "Good Morning America" anchor who took a leave of absence for treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, is returning to the show. On Feb. 7, 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported that the 52-year-old Roberts will return to the show on an abbreviated schedule. "She's met with her doctors, they've cleared her to come back to the show," said co-host George Stephanopoulos.
Tweeted Roberts, "Can't wait to be back Feb 20th to thank everyone for their prayers & support. Heading to the beach to rest, reflect & count my blessings. XO."
What is myelodysplastic syndrome? Dorland's Medical Dictionary describes the condition as "any of a group of related bone marrow disorders of varying duration preceding the development of overt acute myelogenous leukemia; they are characterized by abnormal hematopoietic stem cells, anemia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia. Splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, and lymphadenopathy may not occur until the onset of leukemia, which may be explosive."
As reported at the Mayo Clinic, there is no cure for myelodysplastic syndrome, and treatment for the condition "usually focuses on reducing or preventing complications of the disease and its treatments." A bone marrow transplant may help prolong one's life, and the anchor left GMA in 2012 to receive one.
This is not the first serious health condition for Roberts. In 2007, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
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