How Does Thalidomide Treat Multiple Myeloma?

Originally infamous for causing birth defects, Thalomid (thalidomide) was given to pregnant women in the 1960’s to ease the nausea of early pregnancy.

Serious, lethal birth defects in those patients led to a long-standing ban on drugs in the thalidomide family.

Years later, it was again given to cancer patients to treat nausea. Doctors noticed that in some patients, it helped fight the cancer, so it became a key part of leukemia therapy. But nobody knew how it worked.

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(Dominic used Thalomid/Thalidomide during his treatment-