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Another trial is looking at using the drug thalidomide to help slow down or stop cachexia.
Thalidomide was developed in the 1950s in Germany, first as a sedative and then widely used as a pill to ease morning sickness.
Thalidomide was a drug prescribed by doctors to combat morning sickness in pregnant women.
Thalidomide should be included in the therapeutic options for refractory myeloma.
About 4 out of every 10 people taking thalidomide in these situations respond to the treatment.