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Expert Rev Hematol. 2011 Feb;4(1):51-60. doi: 10.1586/ehm.10.83.

Thalidomide, lenalidomide and bortezomib in the management of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma.

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  • 1Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Medical Oncology, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The field of multiple myeloma therapeutics has been an active one for many years, but perhaps no more so than in the past decade. The introduction of thalidomide, lenalidomide and bortezomib in the treatment of this disease highlights clinical advances made during this period. While these agents were initially utilized in the setting of relapsed and refactory disease, they are now part of the therapeutic armamentarium for transplant-eligible and transplant-ineligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. The principles of management applied in the care of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma are reviewed in this article, along with the clinical studies supporting the use of thalidomide, lenalidomide and bortezomib in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Management of treatment-related side effects is also discussed, since it constitutes a critical element in the successful management of patients with this disease. Combination regimens utilizing thalidomide, lenalidomide and bortezomib are also highlighted, as these regimens are likely to play an increasingly important role in myeloma therapy in the future.

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