Extracorporeal Photopheresis

Extracorporeal Photopheresis

Extracorporeal Photopheresis & Dendritic Cell Vaccine – Apheresis is a procedure where blood is taken (like when donating blood) and processed to separate the various components that make up the blood utilizing only the part that will create an Autologous Dendritic Cell Vaccine (ADCV) through the process of Extra-corporeal Photopheresis (ECPP).

ECPP develops one type of anticancer vaccine which become “smart bombs” developed from the patient’s own blood. These autologous (own self) cells attack malignant cells by culturing killer cells with the same genetic make up as the cancer cells. Once mature enough, they are injected into the patient. Like a “seek and destroy” missile, these super cells set out to destroy their sick genetic twins. The ECPP involves disruption of bridges holding strands of malignant DNA together by means of irradiation with a specific wave-length of ultraviolet light. Dendritic Cells (DCs) are carried along with other cells to the lymph nodes where they are exposed to a high concentration of white cells and creating an increase of T-cell activity over all. T-cells are specific lymphocytes (white cells) with the ability to fight viruses and cancer.