Multiple myeloma will account for an estimated 16,570 new cancer cases in the United States in 2006, with an estimated 11,310 deaths. It is not currently considered curable; however, treatment has evolved rapidly because of new drugs such as bortezomib, thalidomide, and lenalidomide. In addition, increased understanding of the bone marrow microenvironment is creating rationale for new combinations and new drug development. Important updates in the 2007 NCCN guidelines include new recommended single-agent and combination regimens for consideration for induction and salvage therapy.
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