PROVENGE® Overview Therapy at a Glance
Now that you and your doctor have decided that PROVENGE is the right treatment for you, it is important for you to play an active role in the treatment process. This chart provides you with an overview of the process, so you can fully understand the commitment necessary to complete your full course of therapy.
Preparing for PROVENGE Treatment
- Your doctor, nurses, and other office staff will talk to you about what to
expect during treatment, including the importance of keeping appointments
- Your doctor’s office will enroll you for PROVENGE treatment and can verify
your insurance benefits at your request
Personalized Treatment Schedule
- A treatment schedule will be made that includes appointments for blood
work, cell collection, and infusions of PROVENGE
CBC and Vein Examination
- Before your first cell collection procedure, you will need a CBC test
- Your doctor will also check your veins to decide the best way for your blood to be drawn. This may be through a vein or through a central venous catheter. If your doctor decides you need a central venous catheter, it will be kept in place for all of your blood draws as well as each of your PROVENGE infusions
Cell Collection Process (Leukapheresis Procedure)
- During the 3- to 4-hour cell collection process, blood will be drawn from your body and passed through a machine that removes a small portion of your immune cells, along with some platelets and a small number of red blood cells
- The machine returns the rest of the cells and blood to your body
PROVENGE Dose Is Created and Delivered
- Your immune cells are picked up and sent to a Dendreon facility to be made
into a dose of PROVENGE specifically for you
- As soon as it is ready (about 2 to 3 days), your dose of PROVENGE will be shipped to your doctor’s office or the infusion site
Treatment With PROVENGE
- Each of your appointments to receive PROVENGE will take about 2 hours,
including 30 minutes before and after the 1-hour infusion
- About 30 minutes before each infusion of PROVENGE, you will be given acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®) and an antihistamine (e.g., Benadryl®). These medications can help reduce the chance of side effects related to the infusion
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