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  • membersincenow membersincenow Jan 6, 2012 1:57 AM Flag

    Hellooooo.... Provenge is NOT a drug

    That's how much this treatment is misunderstood by the media that keeps identifying it as such. Provenge is a biologic; it went through CBER, not CDER at the FDA. It's the first FDA APPROVED cancer immunotherapy of its kind. Traction taking place now that reimbursement issues have been resolved. Take it for what it's worth; no man will choose chemo when given the option of Provenge, IMO.

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    • How Is PROVENGE Different?How Does PROVENGE Work?How Is PROVENGE Different?PROVENGE BenefitsSide EffectsEach dose of PROVENGE is made specifically for you

      PROVENGE is an immunotherapyTreatment that helps the immune system (the body’s natural defenses) fight disease. that works by stimulating the natural ability of immune cells already in your blood, and may help you live longer.

      Each dose of PROVENGE is made just for you, Your personal dose of PROVENGE consists of your own immune cells that have been activated to seek and attack prostate cancer cells. By stimulating the natural ability of immune cells already in your blood, PROVENGE may help you live longer.

      You can complete a typical treatment of PROVENGE in about a month, and the most common side effects are primarily mild or moderate.

      Why PROVENGE is unlike other prostate cancer treatment methods

      PROVENGE is not a chemotherapyThe use of chemical agents in the treatment or control of disease (as in cancer). drug. Chemotherapy uses chemicals to treat diseases, such as cancer. However, with chemotherapy, the chemicals sometimes damage noncancerous healthy cells in the process of treatment.

      PROVENGE is also different from hormone therapyTreatment that decreases the leve of hormones in the body.. Hormones are chemicals made by the body that control the activity of certain cells or organs. Hormone therapy in prostate cancer is used to decrease the level of testosteroneThe primary male sex hormone (androgen), produced by the testicles. Its chief function is to stimulate development of the male reproductive organs, such as the prostate, as well as male secondary sex characters, such as the beard. in the body.

      PSA and PROVENGE

      The prostate-specific antigen (PSA)A protein made by the prostate gland and by prostate cancer. A test for PSA is often used to screen for prostate cancer and to monitor some treatments for the disease. test is often used to monitor progression of prostate cancer and how effective your treatment may be at controlling the disease.

      You and your doctor should be aware that changes in PSA levels may not be a good sign of how well PROVENGE is working. Even if your PSA levels don't change, PROVENGE may still be working. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your PSA levels.

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