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If you have ovarian cancer or multiple myeloma, you may receive a chemotherapy medication called melphalan. This prescription drug cannot cure these forms of cancer, but it can help reduce symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. Melphalan is approved for use in adults only. Off-label uses include treating breast cancer, testicular cancer, and bone marrow cancer in children.
An Overview of Uses for MelphalanMelphalan (Alkeran®) is a prescription chemotherapy medication used to treat people with certain types of cancer. It comes as a tablet that is taken by mouth, and as an injection that is given through a needle inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection).
Melphalan Use for the Treatment of Multiple MyelomaMultiple myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. Plasma cells are found in bone marrow, which is the soft, spongy tissue found in the middle of certain bones. Plasma cells make proteins, called antibodies, which help the body fight infection.
- Stem cell transplant (see Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma)
- Radiation treatment (see Multiple Myeloma Radiation Treatment)
- Medication treatment.