Management of the adverse effects of lenalidomide in multiple myeloma
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- Rodríguez, A.P.G. Adv Therapy (2011) 28: 1. doi:10.1007/s12325-010-0104-8
The introduction of new agents in the treatment of multiple myeloma, such as thalidomide, bortezomib, or lenalidomide, has represented an important step forward in the management of this disease, with improvement in both treatment response and patient survival. On the other hand, when new drugs are used it is very important to know their associated toxicity, since adequate management of the adverse effects can help to avoid unnecessary treatment interruptions — thereby undoubtedly contributing to improvement in the efficacy of therapy. The present study reviews the main hematological and nonhematological adverse effects potentially associated with the use of lenalidomide in its most common combinations used for the treatment of multiple myeloma, and the recommendations for dealing with such effects.