Device Support Specialists (DSS)

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JOSH:

00:00:12

Our Device Support Specialist Erica was pretty much the most helpful person involved early on when she first came out to our house. She’s the one who trained us how to get on the device, how to change the arrays, what to do in troubleshooting scenarios, and you know, helped JB so he could you know, do it on his own. Like I don’t always have to be there. Like he, he can do–manage most of it without me and you know, a lot of it’s due to Erica.

TAYLOR:

00:00:35

My Device Support Specialist is Amanda, and she has been wonderful. She showed up at our house with all of the equipment, made sure that my wife was comfortable with placing the arrays and what steps we need to do, on array change days.

INTERVIEWER:

What about your Device Support Specialist?

ASHLEY:

00:00:53

Oh my gosh.  My Device Support Specialist is–has become a very–quickly became a very trusted and respected friend and resource. I can call or text at any time and get an answer and get encouragement.

CATHY:

My Device Support Specialist is Gina, and she is wonderful. She’ll come to our house almost every month. Every once in a while we’ll do a mail away, so she’s great. She troubleshoots everything.

ANDREA:

00:01:24

Our Device Support Specialist is Amy, and she’s been there from before the time that we started with Optune and is continuing to be an important member of our family.

ASHLEY:

This is not an easy journey for anyone and she makes it so much–she makes my world a better place.

JB:

00:01:44

Our Device Support Specialist has been invaluable. She was there from day one to help train me with using the device, how to maintain the batteries, how to, sleep with the device and take showers with the device. And she continues to visit once a month, and she’s been the most amazing person ever.

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What is Optune® approved to treat?

Optune is a wearable, portable, FDA-approved device indicated to treat a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in adult patients 22 years of age or older.

Newly diagnosed GBM

If you have newly diagnosed GBM, Optune is used together with a chemotherapy called temozolomide (TMZ) if:

Recurrent GBM

If your tumor has come back, Optune can be used alone as an alternative to standard medical therapy if:

What is Optune Lua approved to treat?

Optune Lua is a wearable, portable, FDA-approved device indicated for the treatment of adult patients, with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic, malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) to be used together with standard chemotherapy (pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy).

Who should not use Optune for GBM or Optune Lua for MPM?

Optune for GBM and Optune Lua for MPM are not for everyone. Talk to your doctor if you have:

Do not use Optune for GBM or Optune Lua for MPM if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Optune/Optune Lua is safe or effective during pregnancy.

What should I know before using Optune for GBM or Optune Lua for MPM?

Optune and Optune Lua should only be used after receiving training from qualified personnel, such as your doctor, a nurse, or other medical staff who have completed a training course given by Novocure®, the maker of Optune and Optune Lua.

What are the possible side effects of Optune for GBM and Optune Lua for MPM?

The most common side effects of Optune when used together with chemotherapy for GBM (temozolomide or TMZ) were low blood platelet count, nausea, constipation, vomiting, tiredness, seizure, and depression.

The most common side effects when using Optune alone for GBM were scalp irritation (redness and itchiness) and headache. Other side effects were malaise, muscle twitching, fall and skin ulcers.

The most common side effects of Optune Lua when used together with chemotherapy for MPM (pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy) were low red blood cell count, constipation, nausea, tiredness, chest pain, fatigue, skin irritation from device use, itchy skin, and cough.

Other potential adverse effects associated with the use of Optune Lua include: treatment related skin irritation, allergic reaction to the plaster or to the gel, electrode overheating leading to pain and/or local skin burns, infections at sites of electrode contact with the skin, local warmth and tingling sensation beneath the electrodes, muscle twitching, medical device site reaction and skin breakdown/skin ulcer.

Talk to your doctor if you have any of these side effects or questions.

Caution: Federal law restricts Optune Lua to sale by or on the order of a physician. Humanitarian Device. Authorized by Federal Law for use in the treatment of adult patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic, malignant pleural mesothelioma concurrently with pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy. The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated.

Please click here to see the Optune Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete information regarding the device's indications, contraindications, warnings, and precautions.

Please click here to see the Optune Lua IFU for complete information regarding the device's indications, contraindications, warnings, and precautions.

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What is Optune approved to treat?

Optune is indicated to treat a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in adult patients 22 years of age or older.