How Is the PROVENGE Procedure Done?
Each PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T) dose is created individually for you, using your white blood cells, and cannot be used by anyone else. But how is the PROVENGE procedure done?
You will receive three doses of PROVENGE, with two weeks between doses. Each PROVENGE dose takes two healthcare provider visits. At the first visit, white blood cells (also called leukocytes) will be collected from your blood using a procedure known as leukapheresis. During this procedure, blood is drawn from a blood vessel in the arm, run through a machine that removes some of the white blood cells, and then returned to the body.
The white blood cells that were removed are mixed with a protein designed to activate them to attack prostate cancer cells. Three days later, you will have a second visit to your healthcare provider to receive your dose. It usually takes about one hour to receive your PROVENGE dose.
(Click PROVENGE Dosage for more information on how the PROVENGE procedure is done. This article also outlines some important details on what to expect during this procedure.)