P-32 Treatment

You have been scheduled for a P-32 treatment, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has no side effects.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions for this treatment. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. This treatment is not generally recommended if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

About P-32:
Essential thrombocytosis is a disorder characterized by a markedly increased platelet count. P-32 is effective in lowering the platelet counts of most people with essential thrombocytosis. It is administered intravenously in a dose of 2-5 mCi depending on the patients weight, and record of response to previous doses. Treatment will generally be effective for three to twelve months, but some milder cases will require treatment once every several years.

What to expect:
Once in the exam room you will be asked to sign a consent form for this treatment. An IV will then be placed in your arm. Our Physician will then administer the P-32 through the IV. There are no side effects of this drug. You will be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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