"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts said she has been diagnosed with a second case of cancer but will continue to anchor the show as she begins chemotherapy.
"Today, I want to let you know that I've been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome.- It's a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia," Roberts said in a statement.
Roberts was treated for breast cancer five years ago. She said Monday she is hopeful she can also beat MDS. "If you Google MDS, you may find some scary stuff, including statistics that my doctors insist don't apply to me.- They say I'm younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured," she said.
The popular anchor said she received the MDS diagnosis the same day in April when the ABC morning show edged out rival NBC's "Today" for the first time in 16 years.
Roberts said she will begin chemotherapy Monday in advance of a bone-marrow transplant later this year. She said she expects to miss "a chunk of time" on the show later this year when she undergoes the transplant. "When I miss a day here or there, I'm fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in," she said.
"Bottom line: I've been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA," she told viewers.
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