Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy Resources
Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy Resources
Dendreon may be able to help men who are uninsured or who have private insurance with their copayment for PROVENGE immunotherapy. To determine if you qualify, call 1-877-336-3736, option 2.
Several charitable copay assistance foundations provide financial assistance to men with prostate cancer. Typically, these foundations help men insured by Medicare and may help men insured by Medicaid or Tricare. Call or visit individual foundations to determine your eligibility.
Dendreon may provide travel assistance to cell collection appointments to those who qualify. To find out more about our cell collection transportation assistance program, please call 1-877-336-3736, option 2.
Several non-profit organizations provide transportation assistance to men seeking prostate cancer care. The following organizations may be helpful:
Organizations that may be able to help you with finding additional resources to assist with your prostate cancer journey are listed below:
Organizations that may be able to provide support and information for men with prostate cancer and their caregivers.
Education and Support Organizations
General Cancer Resources and Guidelines
Tips and tools for caregivers
Think about when to lead and when to let your loved one lead. This may shift during the course of your journey together, but being aware of it can be helpful.
Your partner’s medical office should be able to supply you with his test results. Talk to your partner about them. If a medical term or the meaning of his results are unclear, there are many support organizations with sites that can help. You’ll find a number of them at the top of this page. You may also want to keep a list of questions ready for your next doctor visit.
Additional resources on cancer and caregiving:
Help him make the most of his doctor appointments
For patients taking PROVENGE, it’s important to keep all scheduled treatment appointments and arrive prepared
Each dose of PROVENGE is custom made and manufactured specifically for your loved one, from his own cells, in a state-of-the-art facility. His specialized dose is delivered directly to his urologist’s or oncologist’s office. Dendreon strives to deliver his PROVENGE treatment on time
Each dose of PROVENGE has a short shelf life. If your loved one misses an infusion appointment, his personal dose of PROVENGE will expire and can no longer be used. Set appointment reminders on your calendar
Help him stay positive
Encourage him to discuss his concerns, any pain, and any symptoms with his doctors and nurses. If he does choose PROVENGE, he will probably be introduced to a new nurse or two throughout the process. Nurses are great resources
Suggest he try out a support group so he can talk with other men living with prostate cancer. Some support groups are online, so he can participate from the comfort of his own home and with the convenience of his own computer. Remind him he can sign up anonymously for most discussion groups
Ask him to consider seeing a counselor or therapist who can provide support
Take time for yourself
Your health and happiness can go a long way toward your loved one’s well-being. Don’t forget to set aside time to do the things you love
Ask about resources for caregivers in the doctor’s office, in addition to resources for your loved one
Remember that you can also connect with others online from the comfort of your own home and with the convenience of your own computer
Learn more about PROVENGE and if it is the right treatment for your advanced prostate cancer.
PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T) is a prescription medicine used to treat certain men with advanced prostate cancer. PROVENGE is an established cellular immunotherapy and is customized to each individual by using his own immune cells.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Before receiving PROVENGE®, tell your doctor about any medical conditions, including heart or lung problems, or if you have had a stroke.
Tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, or dietary supplements.
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 is made from your own immune cells, which are collected during a process called leukapheresis. The cells are processed, returned, and then infused back into the patient through an IV (intravenous) infusion about 3 days later. This process is completed in 3 cycles, about 2 weeks apart. Each infusion takes approximately 1 hour and requires 30 minutes of post-infusion monitoring.
PROVENGE infusion can cause serious reactions. Tell your doctor right away if you:
- Have signs of a heart attack or lung problems, such as trouble breathing, chest pains, racing or irregular heartbeats, high or low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, nausea, or vomiting
- Have signs of a stroke, such as numbness or weakness on one side of the body, decreased vision in one eye, or difficulty speaking
- 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, shortness of breath, chest pain that worsens or deep breathing
- Have signs of infection such as a fever over 100°F, redness or pain at the infusion or collection sites
Tell your doctor about any side effect(s) that concerns you or does not go away. For more information, talk with your doctor.
To report an adverse event, please email our Pharmacovigilance department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax adverse event details to 833-464-0123. Please provide details pertaining to the adverse event and provide contact information so that our Pharmacovigilance team may contact you with any questions.
To report a product complaint, email our Quality department at CQAcomplaints@dendreon.com. Please provide details pertaining to the quality issue and provide contact information so that our Quality team may contact you with any questions.