As many of you know Lisa has recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that effects the production and maturation of plasma cells in the blood. The excess of these cells causes areas of the bone to become weakened. They can also build up and form a mass of the plasma cells called a plasmacytoma. The mass that has formed within her sacrum has pushed out thru the weakened spot and is interfering with the nerves in her posterior area and down into her legs. For Lisa is it a big "pain in the butt"!
Plan of action is to radiate the plasmacytoma to try to shrink it as much as possible. Shrinking it will hopefully alleviate a lot of the pain that she has been experiencing. She will begin radiation next Thurs. Oct. 12 and will continue for 2 weeks. She will also have a biopsy of a suspicious spot on her left hip Tues as well as a PET scan Thurs. to check for other areas. After the radiation she will start a chemo pill and will likely continue on the pill for a long time. The pill version is not supposed to have the side effects of the infusion version such as hair loss etc. She received an IV yesterday with a medication that is supposed to stop her bones from releasing calcium.
Prayers needed for Lisa and the family. Scott is traveling right now for work so it's especially difficult, but lots of friends to step in and her parents have been transporting her to Dr. and helping around the house.