Bo Huff is a famous custom car builder from Dragerton, Utah. In May 2010 he was lifting a car body and thought he pulled his groin muscle. He went to the doctor a few times trying to figure out what was wrong. Finally, in July 2010 he went and got an MRI. There they discovered a growth about the size of a chicken egg on the left side of his pubic bone. The growth had already eaten away at some of the bone and displaced the left pelvic muscles. After a few tests at the Huntsman Cancer Institute he was diagnosed with plasmacytoma on August 24, 2010 and began radiation treatment on September 1, 2010. He underwent 11 radiation treatments, then on September 18, 2010, after further testings, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of your plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in your bone marrow. Plasma cells normally make proteins called antibodies to help you fight infections.
In multiple myeloma, a group of abnormal plasma cells (myeloma cells) multiplies, raising the number of plasma cells to a higher than normal level. Since these cells normally make proteins, the level of abnormal proteins in your blood also may go up. Health problems caused by multiple myeloma can affect your bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cell count.
If you have multiple myeloma but don't have symptoms, your doctors may just monitor your condition. If you're experiencing symptoms, a number of treatments are available to help control multiple myeloma.
On September 27, 2010 he started his first round of chemotherapy and got a stem cell transplant in October, 2010. He had another round of chemotherapy after his stem cell transplant and is now is going through "maintenance" chemo once a week. Multiple myeloma almost always comes back just as bad or worse than before, so he will need to take chemo for the next several years to try to keep it from doing so.