What type of medications are used in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Multiple myeloma (MM) is treated with several categories of medications. Chemotherapeutic agents are used to reduce the disease burden, and bisphosphonates are used to promote bone healing and to provide secondary prophylaxis against skeletal-related events (eg, hypercalcemia, bone fracture, spinal cord compression, need for radiation, and need for surgery). In addition, erythropoietin is used to treat anemia, either alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy.


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