MDS usually affects people over the age of 65, and it is more common in men (via WebMD). MDS is more common in people who have had cancer treatment or who have been diagnosed with blood diseases. There are many types of MDS. Each type will affect how the disorder develops over time. WebMD states that MDS symptoms include tiredness, fatigue, irregular bleeding, small bruises or paleness.
A bone marrow transplant is the only way to cure MDS, but it is risky, noted the Mayo Clinic. MDS treatment options include blood transfusions and medication. This can be used to control symptoms and slow down the growth. The abnormal bone marrow cells can be removed during surgery and replaced by healthy cells donated from a donor. Thankfully for Robin Roberts, her sister, Sally-Ann, was a match (via People).