Rep. Poe To Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

Aug 24, 2014

Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Sherman)

An area lawmaker says his prognosis is good as he battles a blood disease.

Republican House member Raymond Poe of Sherman will go to Texas for a three week treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS.   He'll have a stem cell transplant to replace bone marrow. That's the same procedure Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts underwent.

"They said there's an 80 percent chance.  They're very successful," he said. "They do more than 200 a year.  And so that's what we're gonna go do.  And the nice thing is it's a cure, it's not just a treatment."  

The procedure and his recuperation will take some time.  Poe is hopeful he'll be back at work early next year.  In his absence, he says his staff will handle constituent requests and his fellow lawmakers will also chip in.