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Subcutaneous bortezomib for multiple myeloma treatment: patients’ benefits

Authors Petrucci M, Finsinger P, Chisini M, Gentilini F

Received 4 April 2014

Accepted for publication 2 May 2014

Published 4 July 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 939—946


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Maria Teresa Petrucci, Paola Finsinger, Marta Chisini, Fabiana Gentilini

Department of Cellular Biotechnology and Hematology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Abstract: The use of novel agents such as thalidomide, lenalidomide, and bortezomib has considerably improved the outcome of multiple myeloma patients. Besides greater biological activity, these drugs unfortunately have also been associated with greater toxicity. To evaluate the positive effect on the quality of life of patients, driven by both the tolerability and antimyeloma activity of bortezomib, we analyzed data that have been published concerning different strategies used to improve its tolerability as once weekly and/or subcutaneous administration.

Keywords: intravenous bortezomib, quality of life, patient preference

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