Robin Roberts to Step Away from “GMA,” Former NFL Player Dies of Cancer and More


From “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts stepping away from the show after her partner finished breast cancer radiation to a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer dying of leukemia, here is what’s happening in the cancer space this week.

Former NFL player Steve White died after years of treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Steve White, a former NFL pass rusher most known for playing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers died after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) — a type of blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow — eight years ago.

The 48-year-old tweeted about his experience with the disease back in April saying, "I am now at a point where I need to go through a bone marrow transplant. It is something I knew would eventually have to happen since 2017 and now that day is actually here."

150-pound Newfoundland dog helped a woman discover her breast cancer.

When Brody, a rescue Newfoundland, was cuddling up to his owner, 45-year-old Lucy Giles, she just thought that he wanted some attention. However, the dog’s “sniffing and nuzzling” eventually led Giles to discover a lump in her armpit, which was eventually diagnosed as HER2-positive breast cancer.

Brody was rescued by Giles and her partner, Ashley, after Ashley spent six months in the hospital with COVID-19. The pair adopted the dog — among other pets — as a part of their recovery.

"At first, I thought it was him wanting a bit of fuss and attention, but I decided that I should perhaps take notice as it was just my right side, he would do this,” Lucy told Newsweek. “I was washing in the shower one morning and decided to have a feel under my breasts and examine myself and that's when I felt a lump right there in my armpit.”

Robin Roberts delivered the keynote speech at CURE®’s 12th Annual Extraordinary Healer® event.

Robin Roberts delivered the keynote speech at CURE®’s 12th Annual Extraordinary Healer® event.

“Good Morning America” host, Robin Roberts, is stepping away from the show to care for her partner with breast cancer.

Robin Roberts, host of “Good Morning America” announced that she will be taking some time away from the show after her partner, Amber Laign, finished radiation treatments for breast cancer.

Roberts is a cancer survivor herself — she received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2007 and then a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder, five years later. The 61-year-old news anchor discussed her cancer experience in her keynote speech at CURE®’s 12th Annual Extraordinary Healer® event.

A third-grade teacher with a rare cancer was invited to perform on stage with The Killers.

Mr. Stetler, a third-grade teacher from California who is living with a rare and incurable cancer, recently got pulled on stage at The Killers concert in Los Angeles to perform. The teacher, who also plays drums, had a sign that said, “I'm fighting cancer and ready to play drums on Reasons.”

"I told my wife and later wrote about it that it was almost like I was slipping on the skin of some other version of myself in some other universe," Stetler said to ABC30. "To be able to play on a song like Reasons Unknown is so poetic because I hear those words all the time from my doctors. Nobody knows why I have it. Nobody knows what to do about it."

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