A drug used to treat multiple myeloma and ovarian epithelial cancer that cannot be removed by surgery. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Melphalan may kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA and stopping them from dividing. It is a type of alkylating agent. Also called Alkeran Tablets. S Brand Name(s): Alkeran. FDA Approved: Yes
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Melphalan, sold under the brand name Alkeran among others, is a chemotherapy medication used to treat multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer, melanoma, and AL amyloidosis. Melphalan was approved for medical use in the United States in 1964. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. It is available as a generic medication.
Melphalan is approved for palliative treatment of:
- Multiple myeloma.
- Ovarian epithelial cancer that cannot be removed by surgery.
Melphalan is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Melphalan is also available in an injectable form for patients who cannot take melphalan by mouth.