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Is Velcade a Cancer Treatment Drug?

Velcade® (bortezomib) is a medicine administered by a healthcare provider to treat certain diseases that affect the white blood cells and the lymphatic system. But is Velcade a cancer treatment drug?
 
Yes -- this prescription medication is specifically approved to treat the following types of cancers:
 
  • Mantle cell lymphoma in adults who have not adequately responded to at least one other medication

 

  • Multiple myeloma in adults who have not responded to other chemotherapy treatments or those who have not yet been treated with any form of medication.
 
As a type of proteasome inhibitor, Velcade works by blocking the action of proteasomes (proteins found inside healthy and cancerous cells). This causes certain proteins to accumulate within the cancer and healthy cells, causing them to die.
 
(Click Velcade for more details on this cancer treatment drug. This article presents a comprehensive overview of this medicine, including how it is given, potential side effects, and safety concerns.)
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