Alkeran Chemotherapy Information
If you have ovarian cancer or multiple myeloma, your healthcare provider may recommend Alkeran® (melphalan). Because this chemotherapy drug is not suitable for everyone, it's important to review the safety information for this medicine with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other health issues you may have, such as kidney disease, lung problems, or any allergies.
Alkeran comes in the form of tablets that are taken by mouth, and as injections that are given into a vein (intravenous, or IV, injections). The tablets are approved to treat multiple myeloma and a type of cancer of the ovaries known as epithelial ovarian cancer. The injectable form of the medication is used to treat multiple myeloma in people who cannot take melphalan by mouth.
Alkeran tablets are normally taken every day for 4 to 21 days, followed by a break in treatment. The injection is normally given once every two to four weeks.
(Click Alkeran for more information on this type of chemotherapy, including safety warnings, how it works, what to do in cases of overdose, and more.)