- The number of sessions you will need depends on the disease being treated, your symptoms and your response to treatment
- Your doctor will decide on the number of treatments suitable for you
- It is not possible to predict how well and when you will respond to ECP because it is different for every patient
- The length of time it takes to respond to treatment depends on the state of your immune system, the severity of your disease and how often you receive treatment
- Improvement may happen gradually, so it is important that you don’t give up or feel discouraged if you don’t see results straight away
- You may feel pain at the injection site when the IV line is inserted into your arm – if you are worried about this, ask your healthcare professional about ways that may potentially lessen the discomfort
- During ECP you may sometimes feel different sensations that are not painful
- A slight pulsing from the treatment
- A slight chill or cold feeling where your blood is returned to your body
- Dizziness or weakness, which may be signs of low blood pressure – your doctor or nurse will monitor you during treatment for low blood pressure
- Pain at the injection site
- Low levels of red blood cells may cause tiredness
Other possible side effects such as fever or skin redness at the injection site usually go away within a day. For further information on ECP side effects, please read the Important Safety Information here or talk to your doctor.
If you have any other questions regarding your treatment, please consult your healthcare provider.
The information provided in this website should not be used as a substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.