Summary

The current management of MMM is problematic, as there are limited options that have been shown to impact survival and disease course. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation, although potentially curative in some patients, is not an option for many patients because of older age, lack of donors, and comorbidi-ties. Useful palliative options exist for treating symptoms from the disease, but have overall not improved survival for the disease. Active investigations into novel agents for the therapy of MMM with thalidomide analogs such as lenalidomide and others ongoing. Improved understanding of pathogenetic mechanism of disease or disease progression may hopefully yield therapeutic targets of greater specificity and efficacy.

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