Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells. It is synonymous with "myeloma" and "plasma cell myeloma." Plasma cells make antibodies against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A cancerous or malignant plasma cell is called a myeloma cell. Myeloma is called “multiple” because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows.
Dan List was diagnosed with myeloma in 2005. He was told he could expect to live two to five years. He decided he would fight the disease with a positive attitude because a negative attitude was not an option.