How does Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) work?


Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) harnesses the power of the immune system

During ECP treatment, a small amount of white blood cells (immune cells) is collected and treated with a drug that is activated with ultraviolet light

The treated cells are then returned to the patient where they help to modify the immune response in a process called immunomodulation. The exact way it works is not known and continues to be investigated to be better understood

Importantly, these effects of ECP do not stop the immune system from fighting infection

Using ECP may also help reduce the need for immunosuppressive drug treatments

See how Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) works in the TherakosTM CELLEXTM procedural video

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