Velcade is a type of chemotherapy medication prescribed to treat multiple myeloma. It is also approved to treat mantle cell lymphoma after at least one other treatment has been unsuccessful. Side effects may include weakness, nausea, and diarrhea. This medication comes as an injection that is given intravenously (by IV) or just under the skin (subcutaneously).
What Is Velcade?Velcade® (bortezomib) is a prescription chemotherapy medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as proteasome inhibitors. Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses medicines to stop or slow down the growth of cancer cells.
Velcade is approved to treat multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells). It is also approved to treat mantle cell lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphatic system) in people who have already received at least one other treatment.