Targeting the Proteasome With Bortezomib in Multiple Myeloma: Update on Therapeutic Benefit as an Upfront Single Agent, Induction Regimen for Stem-Cell Transplantation and as Maintenance Therapy

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Bortezomib is the first therapeutic inhibitor of the proteasome that has demonstrated a significant clinical response in patients with otherwise refractory or rapidly advancing disease. Bortezomib has received US Federal Drug Administration approval for the treatment of the hematologic malignancies such as multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. Herein, the use of bortezomib as an upfront therapy, as an induction regimen before stem-cell transplantation and as maintenance therapy in the treatment of multiple myeloma is discussed.

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