Starting PROVENGE-Preparing for Treatment

Once your PROVENGE treatment schedule is set, you will receive a complimentary Patient Comfort Kit, which includes items designed to help support you during treatment sessions.

Before your cell collection procedure, you should:

  • Make sure to drink more water than usual 2 to 3 days before your treatment to stay well hydrated
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages on the day of each cell collection procedure
  • Eat a calcium-rich breakfast, which may include yogurt, milk, calcium-fortified orange juice or cereal, bananas, blueberries, or almonds
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, especially clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow
  • Have a driver lined up for the ride home since most people feel fatigued after the cell collection procedure

Remember, PROVENGE may not affect your PSA levels

PROVENGE is specifically designed to attack your advanced prostate cancer cells. Although your PSA levels may not decrease, PROVENGE may still help you live longer.

In clinical trials, median survival was 4.1 months longer for men that had PROVENGE (25.8 months) than for men that had placebo (21.7 months). More men in the PROVENGE group (nearly 38% more) were alive 3 years after the start of the study than men not treated with PROVENGE. Individual results may vary.

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Financial Support May Be Available

More than 90% of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) patients receiving PROVENGE are expected to have minimal to no out-of-pocket costs.
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PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat certain patients with advanced prostate cancer. PROVENGE is made from your own immune cells.


  • Before getting PROVENGE, tell your doctor about all your medical problems, including problems with your heart or lungs, or if you have had a stroke
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements
  • PROVENGE is made from your own immune cells, collected approximately 3 days before each scheduled infusion of PROVENGE. The collection is called “leukapheresis” (pronounced loo-kuh-fuh-REE-sis). You will get PROVENGE in 3 intravenous infusions (put into your veins), about 2 weeks apart. Each infusion takes about 60 minutes. You will then be monitored for at least 30 minutes. Your doctor will give you a schedule for your cell collection and infusion appointments. It is very important that you arrive on time for your appointments
  • The most common side effects of PROVENGE include chills, fatigue, fever, back pain, nausea, joint ache, and headache. These are not all the possible side effects of PROVENGE treatment
  • PROVENGE infusion can cause serious reactions. Tell your doctor right away if you:
    • Have breathing problems, chest pains, racing heart or irregular heartbeats, high or low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, nausea, or vomiting after getting PROVENGE. Any of these may be signs of heart or lung problems
    • Develop numbness or weakness on one side of the body, decreased vision in one eye, or difficulty speaking. Any of these may be signs of a stroke
    • Develop symptoms of thrombosis which may include: pain and/or swelling of an arm or leg with warmth over the affected area, discoloration of an arm or leg, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain that worsens on deep breathing
    • Get a fever over 100°F, or redness or pain at the infusion or collections sites. Any of these may be signs of infection
  • Tell your doctor about any side effect that concerns you or does not go away. For more information, talk with your doctor

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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