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Morristown Medical Center
Photopheresis Center

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Photopheresis Center

The Photopheresis Center at Morristown Medical Center was established in 1988. We have performed more than 17,000 treatments and are one of the largest centers in the United States. 

Photopheresis or extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) is a treatment that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to activate a medication called methoxsalen that works in the blood to prevent diseased cells from reproducing themselves. Two diseases that have benefited from the use of photopheresis are Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) and Chronic Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD). The Center also participates in clinical trials using photopheresis that one day may prove effective in the treatment of other diseases. 

During a photopheresis treatment, a needle is placed in a patient's vein and blood is drawn into the photopheresis machine where it is separated. The white blood cells are collected for UV light exposure and the other blood components are returned to the patient.  At the end of treatment, white blood cells that were exposed to the UV light are then returned to the patient. The frequency of treatments is determined by the physician and varies depending on the patient's condition and diagnosis. 

Each treatment lasts approximately two and a half to three hours. There are very few side effects from the treatment or from the medication used to expose the white cells to the UV lights. Most patients do not feel any ill effects during or after treatment, and are able to return to regular activities. 

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100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

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99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

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175 High Street
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973-383-2121

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97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

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651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

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100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
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