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Review article: Biomedical intelligence

Vol. 140 No. 3738 (2010)

Integrating novel agents into multiple myeloma treatment – current status in Switzerland and treatment recommendations

  • C Taverna
  • M Bargetzi
  • D Betticher
  • J Gmür
  • M Gregor
  • U Hess
  • N Ketterer
  • E Lerch
  • T Matthes
  • U Mey
  • T Pabst
  • C Renner
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Swiss Med Wkly. 2010;140:w13054


The treatment of multiple myeloma has undergone significant changes in the recent past. The arrival of novel agents, especially thalidomide, bortezomib and lenalidomide, has expanded treatment options and patient outcomes are improving significantly. This article summarises the discussions of an expert meeting which was held to debate current treatment practices for multiple myeloma in Switzerland concerning the role of the novel agents and to provide recommendations for their use in different treatment stages based on currently available clinical data. Novel agent combinations for the treatment of newly diagnosed, as well as relapsed multiple myeloma are examined. In addition, the role of novel agents in patients with cytogenetic abnormalities and renal impairment, as well as the management of the most frequent side effects of the novel agents are discussed. The aim of this article is to assist in treatment decisions in daily clinical practice to achieve the best possible outcome for patients with multiple myeloma.


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