Treatment for glioblastoma (GBM)
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Quick facts about Optune

  • What Optune is

  • How Optune works4

  • How Optune is used5

What Optune is

Optune is a noninvasive, portable device that is classified as durable medical equipment (DME).

Electric field generator, a connection cable and box, 4 transducer arrays, 4 batteries along with a charger, power supply, and carrying bag

How Optune works4

Optune delivers Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) to selectively disrupt mitosis in dividing cancer cells.4 To learn more, visit Optune MOA.

How Optune is used5

  • Transducer arrays are applied to the shaved scalp and must be changed at least 2 times per week (every 4 days at most)

  • Portable for use in normal daily activities

    • Note: Avoid activities that may result in the device or transducer arrays becoming wet. Getting the device wet may cause it damage

  • Optune should be switched on 18 hours per day

    • Compliance was a predictor of improved overall survival in both the newly diagnosed GBM and recurrent GBM pivotal studies

Connect patients appropriate for Optune with an experienced Optune user through the Buddy Program.

Experienced users, known as Optune Ambassadors, can speak to their experiences around incorporating Optune into daily life. Have your patients call 1-844-247-1636 or register online.

Brian is an Optune patient.
Patient image reflects the health status of the patient at the time the photo was taken.

Patient with shaved scalp

Starting patients on Optune

1. Prescribe: Certified physician prescribes Optune. Optune is available at more than 700 centers across the United States.3 To find out if there is a center near you, visit the Certified Treatment Centers page.

2. Submit: Prescription Order Form and supporting documents.

3. Support: Once the prescription is processed, Novocure supports your patients through the reimbursement process and will assign your patient a designated Device Support Specialist (DSS).

4. Initiate: For your convenience, there are 2 ways to get patients started on Optune:

Home In your office

DSS will deliver the Optune Treatment Kit and will complete live personalized technical training.

Optune can only be prescribed by certified physicians. Certification training can be provided to you by Novocure, or you can refer your patient to a certified physician.

References: 1. Stupp R, Taillibert S, Kanner A, et al. Effect of tumor-treating fields plus maintenance temozolomide vs maintenance temozolomide alone on survival in patients with glioblastoma: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2017;318(23):2­3­0­6­­-­2­3­1­6. 2. Novocure. Novocure (NVCR) q4 2017 results. https://3sj0u94bgxp33grbz1fkt62h-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/NVCR_2017Q4_Earnings_Presentation_vF.pdf. Published February 22, 2018. Accessed March 20, 2018. 3. Novocure Data on File OPT-115.1. 4. Optune Instructions For Use. Novocure 2016. 5. Optune Patient Information and Operation Manual. Novocure 2017.

5-year results published in JAMA

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nCompass™ support program

Find out more about access and reimbursement assistance, 24/7 technical support, and starting patients on Optune.

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Indications For Use

Optune is intended as a treatment for adult patients (22 years of age or older) with histologically-confirmed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).