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Healthcare providers prescribe Alkeran to treat certain types of cancer. Specifically, Alkeran tablets are used to treat multiple myeloma and a type of ovarian cancer. The injectable form is used to treat multiple myeloma in people who cannot take Alkeran tablets. It works by disrupting how the cancer cells grow and divide. Although Alkeran can help relieve cancer symptoms, it does not cure the disease.
What Is Alkeran Used For?Alkeran® (melphalan) is a prescription chemotherapy medication approved 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).
Using Alkeran 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.