How effective is thalidomide in salvage therapy for Waldenström macroglobulinemia?

Updated: May 29, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Thalidomide has demonstrated activity against Waldenström macroglobulinemia. Coleman et al, reporting on the use of clarithromycin, thalidomide, and dexamethasone in 12 patients previously treated with a purine analogue or alkylating agent, found that 10 patients responded (3 near-complete, 3 major, and 4 partial responses). [47] This combination can be useful in heavily pretreated patients.


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