Robin Roberts returns to GMA, reported by NY Daily News on Feb. 20, 2013. The 52-year-old "Good Morning America" co-anchor returned after a six months leave of absence for a bone marrow transplant. In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Roberts was sick with a rare blood disorder called 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."
A bone marrow transplant can help prolong one's life. 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."
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