Thursday, Good Morning America’s (GMA) Robin Roberts announced that she will begin an extended medical leave tomorrow; Roberts has been diagnosed with MDS, a rare blood disorder, and she needs a bone marrow transplant.
Thursday, Dr. Roboz appeared with Roberts and answered questions about what she can expect. The video of the interview is below.
Dr Roboz said: “Robin has received two cycles of a chemotherapy drug. You don’t lose your hair, it doesn’t make you sick. What it does is change the ways cells are dividing in the hope of improving the blood count and boosting the level in the marrow. The concept here is to restore normal blood forming and marrow prior to transplant.”
Robin Roberts has been under a doctor’s care for several months and she is hoping for a cure instead of a temporary fix.
Dr. Roboz said that the bone marrow treatment will last ten days and will completely destroy her immune system, and as a result she must be in isolation during that time.