Optune® as Part of Your Routine

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Cooking with Optune

I never was much of a cook. I worked in construction, so I ate on the run most of the time. After I was diagnosed with GBM, I wanted to eat better and knew I had to learn how to cook.

I ordered cookbooks for slow cookers and away I went. I also started using the grill a lot. It was just a little common sense in keeping the wires of Optune away from the stove or grill so as not to catch it on something and pull the wires or the arrays off.

Whenever I was outside on the grill, I had to prepare for the sun—another easy adjustment. I wore a hat or stayed in the shade while the food was cooking.
 

Making Memories with Optune

I worked as an electrician and have a couple of funny stories from when I first started using Optune. One of my nephews was working with me, and we were repairing several electrical problems in a house. I had to squeeze into a utility room past a water heater.

At the time, I was brand new to Optune and wasn’t using the backpack yet. As I tried to slide past the water heater at a weird angle, the wires got caught on the pop-off valve of the water heater. I couldn’t move because I didn’t want to pull the arrays loose, so I yelled for my nephew, assuming he would rush to my aid.

Wrong! He thought it was the funniest thing in the world and just stood there laughing at me. Eventually, he took pity and came to unhook me. After that, when working, I wore the backpack.
 

Lessons Along the Way

Another time, we were putting recessed lighting in an upstairs bathroom which involved working in the attic where it was extremely hot. I didn’t realize it, but I had sweat so much that the arrays had come loose from my scalp. I knew then that I was not going to be able to work in that heat. I called my caregiver and asked if she could do an immediate array change. She said she was able to, so I removed the arrays and finished the job. I made my nephew go in the attic after that. From this experience, I learned to use the medical tape that nCompass® provides to keep the arrays tight to my head.
 

Me and Optune

With my doctor’s permission, I still mow and do yard work and maintain my rental properties. I just pay attention to the weather forecast before leaving the house. Incorporating Optune into my life has taught me to think ahead and prepare for my days a little more.

I have learned that with Optune, if there is a will, there is a way. After two years on Optune it has become second nature to handle these situations before they happen. My usage is so high on Optune that if I don’t have it on, due to vacation or such, I feel like I have left the house not fully dressed!
Topics: Daily Life with Optune
By Chuck, Optune patient

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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.

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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.