So I also got Provenge immunotherapy in May. It was a bit of a hassle due to logistics but all in all a big nothing burger.
First I had to stop my existing treatment, Xtandi.
Then I had to go to the Red Cross for the Leukapheresis -- separating the T cells from my blood -- because University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) immunotherapy department won't do it due to a "conflict of interest."
So I had to drive an hour to a Red Cross Center that had the appropriate machine. It takes 3 hours on the machine and you have big steel needles, one in each arm, for the procedure. I wore depends as the total time approached 4.5 hours.
The needle insertions are a little tricky but there are very accomplished phlebotomists all around so they can make it easy. The nurses assigned to this procedure had to call them in to make a good "stick" on two occasions.
My right arm was the source and my left arm the return. It is painless unless there is a "blowout" or bad "stick" on the return arm. But since that hurts it is found quickly and fixed (in my case at least). YMMV
About an hour into the procedure your body will begin to vibrate. I think that it is a function of the pump in the device setting up a standing wave. So you get this massage -- it feels like the chair is vibrating -- for a couple of hours.
When you're done there's some cleanup and they let you go in 30 minutes or so. I drove myself there and home with no problems at all.
3 days later I went to URMC infusion to get my now anti-prostate cancer T cells infused back into me. The infusion takes an hour and then you have to wait 30 minutes to make sure you're ok. So this process takes 2 hours or more including set up, infusion and wait time after.
Then you wait a week and do it again, wait a week and do it again and you're done (total of 3 times).
I was warned that my PSA would continue to rise during treatment. That was not dramatic for me: PSA was 2.57 going in, 2.3 in the middle and 2.37 at the end. With no meds at all, my PSA started rising. June it was 3.10, July 3.23 and August 8.0.
Currently meeting with all my doctors to determine best course forward.