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Lenalidomide Treatment for Myeloma

Available by prescription only, lenalidomide (Revlimid®) is a medication approved for the treatment of certain bone marrow diseases, including multiple myeloma. This bone marrow disease is a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells (white blood cells that produce antibodies to fight germs and other harmful substances).
 
Multiple myeloma occurs when plasma cells becomes abnormal. The abnormal cells, called myeloma cells, collect in the bone marrow and divide again and again, making more and more abnormal cells. Eventually, the abnormal cells crowd out normal, healthy blood cells. This disease can eventually lead to damage to the bones, kidneys, or other organs.
 
When used for the treatment of myeloma, lenalidomide is used in combination with dexamethasone. The medication does not cure multiple myeloma, but may help delay the progression of the disease.
 
(Click What Is Lenalidomide Used For? for a more in-depth look at this topic. This article also explains how this drug works, whether it's safe for use in children, and possible unapproved uses.)
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