This is Francis. He is an elderly, obese, African American male with Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS). He is currently suffering from bone pain in his spine, frequent infections, and fatigue.
Once Francis tells the doctor about his condition and his symptoms he orders a blood test and schedules an appointment to examine his bone marrow biopsy to determine the next step.
A few days later Francis returns and Dr. Hyde tells him that he has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma which is a type of cancer that causes the blood cells harm by producing abnormal proteins, rather than antibodies, that damage the body rather than help.
Dr. Hyde decided that Francis should begin his journey towards remission with targeted therapy. If that approach doesn't succeed they will begin chemotherapy with the hope of a bone marrow transplant.
As Multiple Myeloma is a cancer, the prognosis is truly dependent on each case. Also, as most of the risk factors are non-preventable such as age, race, and gender there isn't much to do in respect to preventing the onset of the disease.