Chemotherapy is a main treatment for primary amyloidosis (AL). Doctors may recommend a single medicine or a combination of medicines to destroy abnormal cells in your blood.
- Depending on your exact situation, you may receive chemotherapy medicines through an intravenous (IV) line, as an injection just under your skin (subcutaneously) or by mouth.
- Some of the chemotherapy medicines most commonly used to treat AL amyloidosis include bortezomib (Velcade), cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone. Melphalan is the primary chemotherapy used in stem cell transplantation for AL amyloidosis.
Your SCCA team will talk with you about the specific medicines we recommend for you, how you’ll receive them, your treatment schedule and what to expect. We’ll also explain how to take the best possible care of yourself during treatment and after, and connect you with medical and support resources throughout SCCA.