Sleeping with Optune

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TAYLOR:

So this is my night bedtime routine. When I go to bed, I generally take the Optune out of my backpack and set the backpack aside. My time adapter plug-in right here. Put the Optune on the ground, and then I tuck the connection box under the pillow.

00:00:17

My pillow is a – it’s a cool bead pillow, and then I also have a fan on my pillow that blows directly on my head, and that helps keep the arrays cool.

JODIE:

Pierre sleeps with Optune. He actually sleeps really well with it. He is mostly a side sleeper, and the cord comes off the back, and then it actually hangs over our head board. He likes to wear a cap to go to sleep, like a beanie cap. And he’ll – in fact, he’ll pull it down over his eyes to make the room dark. He’s able to turn side to side without any problem throughout the night.

DARRELL:

00:00:47

Sleeping with Optune is difficult, and especially at the beginning. But it got better. Didn’t it?

ANDREA:

I, I think it did. I think that sleeping with Optune was probably Darrell – you’ve said before, it was Darrell’s biggest adjustment.

OSMOND:

The thing I had to get used to was more of like, when I get up for a bathroom break, do I take the whole thing off, or do I just unplug the coil. And now I just unplug the coil.

LYNN:

00:01:12

This is how I manage the Optune for sleeping. Plug it into the wall unit, and I use the Novocure suitcase, the pelican case that they give us. And, I just lay them next to each other. So then, I just take the wires, place it over my pillows, and there’s plenty of give that I can turn it in any direction and I can sleep. And then, if I have to get up in the middle of the night for any reason, I unplug it. And basically, I carry it like a baby.

JODIE:

00:01:43

Our bathroom is actually close enough to the bed so that he can go to the restroom in the middle of the night without having to unplug the Optune and come back and plug himself in.

ANDREA:

I think it probably took you maybe three or four nights to learn how to, really lie comfortably. And you have never been a deep sleeper, but you sleep as well as you used to.

OSMOND:

For me, my head was just a little warm, so I was probably flipping pillows more often, you know, to get the cooler side of the pillow. But after time, I just adapted to it. And now, I could pretty much sleep like a baby.

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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.

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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.

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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.