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People who have multiple myeloma or ovarian cancer may benefit from melphalan. By disrupting the ability of cancer cells to grow and divide, the medication can help relieve cancer symptoms and slow down the progression of the cancer. However, it is not a cure for the disease. Side effects may include low levels of white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells.
What Is Melphalan?
Are There Side Effects?Just like any chemotherapy medicine, melphalan can cause side effects, some of which can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of adverse reaction during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
- Low white blood cells, which could increase the risk for infections
- Low platelets, which could cause bleeding
- Low red blood cells, which could lead to anemia.