The cancer cells collect in the bone marrow and slowly destroy the bone. Myeloma cells also trigger the release of bone-weaken
Right now he's at stage 2 and has had bone damage and is in a lot of pain right now because he has a spinal compression of the spine at his T6 vertebrae, holes in both thigh bones, pitting on his ribs, and damage to different areas of the spine. The plasmacytomas are what caused the bone destruction/damage and the doctors are hoping to reverse the damage and stop it from happening any more. He is currently on pain meds and will be taking cancer drugs as soon as the insurance company approves it (a month supply of the pills cost over $8000). My dad will also eventually undergo chemo and be given stem cell transplants. I'm extremely grateful for my background in Biology right now because I can help my family better understand what is going on and why the doctors are giving my dad certain meds. I just pray that everything works out for my dad and that he can still have many happy years to enjoy being with our family. This whole situation has definitely made me think of what is most important in my life and helped me to make more definite decisions on what I want to do in the next few years. I'm most worried about my little sister because I want her to be able to have her dad around when she graduate high school, gets married, and graduates college. I know my dad is a strong person and a fighter. He will do whatever it takes to put this cancer in remission. His motto: "I'm hoping to pull a Lance". My dad loves to cycle and he is a huge fan of Lance Armstrong. He's hoping to beat the cancer just like Lance did. I love you dad and we are all praying for you and hoping you beat this!