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Extracorporeal Photopheresis

The Blood Donor Program, under the direction of Dr. Zbigniew M. Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, offers Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) as a treatment option for Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) and for some forms of graft versus host disease (GVHD) in transplant patients.

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ECP is an innovative cellular therapy that uses the THERAKOS UVAR® XTS™ Photopheresis instrument, a system designed specifically for this procedure.

  • In this procedure, a small portion of the patient's white blood cells is collected, treated with a medicine (methoxsalen) that is then activated by brief exposure to UVA (ultraviolet-A) light, and then promptly returned to the blood stream.
  • Photopheresis is done in repeated treatments that may gradually reduce symptoms over time.
  • It is typically done on an outpatient basis, and each treatment takes about three to four hours.

Contact the Blood Donor Program at (603) 653-3775 for more information.