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Understanding Thalidomide Therapy

Using thalidomide to treat myeloma is an idea that emerged in the 1990s, but thalidomide itself has been studied for many decades.

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Much has been learned about how thalidomide works in the treatment of different diseases and how its side effects can be treated. Additionally, we now understand how important it is to prevent women who may be pregnant from being exposed to thalidomide.

Many patients with myeloma have benefited from this therapy. Thalidomide is also being investigated in combination with other agents for the treatment of myeloma.

The information in this booklet may be useful not only to patients, but also to friends, family, loved ones, and other caregivers. Please remember that myeloma, like all cancers, is a complicated disease. Specific questions about treatment should be addressed by a doctor or nurse.

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