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Sipuleucel Vaccine

Sipuleucel-T (PROVENGE®) is a medicine approved to help men with certain types of prostate cancer to live longer. It is made by taking a person's own immune cells and mixing them with a protein that activates them to attack prostate cancer cells. Some people may refer to sipuleucel-T as a vaccine for cancer because it stimulates the immune system.
 
However, sipuleucel-T should not be confused with vaccines used to prevent diseases. Preventive vaccines are given to provide immunity against diseases before they infect the body. In contrast, sipuleucel-T uses the body's immune system to attack prostate cancer cells that are already growing in the body.
 
(Click Sipuleucel-T for a closer look at this cancer vaccine. Sipuleucel-T dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and side effects are also discussed.)
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