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Daily life with Optune

Optune is a wearable, portable device. As a daily treatment, it will become an important part of your life.

A large clinical study showed that Optune should be turned on for at least 75% of the time (18 hours per day) to get the best response from treatment. You have the flexibility to decide which times of the day are best for you. You can wear it while you sleep and can customize your treatment plan by taking breaks, when needed, during the day. In addition, as a wearable, portable device—you can take it with you wherever you go.

People adding Optune to chemotherapy have been shown to maintain their quality of life,* including their mental, emotional, and physical health.

You can receive continuous treatment with Optune almost anywhere

You may be able to use Optune while you go about your daily routine at work, for some travel, and at social functions. You will want to speak with your doctor about whether it is okay for you to continue working or to travel. Your nCompass™ team can work with you to provide additional batteries or other accommodations to use Optune at your office or while traveling.

If you’re planning more extensive travel, nCompass has you covered with 24/7 technical support and helpful travel information. To help prevent stress and treatment disruption, contact nCompass before your travel dates so we can help you prepare for your trip with Optune.*

At home treatment with Optune

Discover how Optune is a treatment that can be used from the comfort of home.

Here are head-covering options that some patients wear when using Optune. Browse the pages below and use the filter to find your style.

Please note that Novocure® does not recommend or endorse the use of any specific product from any supplier.

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Baseball cap

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Beanie

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Headscarf

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Skullcap

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Ambassador recommendations

Browse some of our Patient Ambassadors’ personal favorite head coverings.

Solarweave Fabric Hat
Amazon

Kangol Ventair
Kangol

LTM8 AIRFLO® Mesh
Tilley

Lotus Turban
The Headwear Company

Alpha Tek Bamboo Frost Liner
Turtlefur

Alarms may occur during your daily routine

Like most devices, Optune has its own set of features that you will learn about. You may hear some alarms, but the Optune Troubleshooting Tips guide will help you through them. If an alarm goes off, check your arrays, batteries, connections, and device.

The alarm may go off due to:

  • Room and body temperature
  • Array contact with the skin
  • Low battery
  • Loose or unplugged array connector cables
  • Damage to the device

To learn about alerts, download the full Optune Troubleshooting Tips guide here.

Do you have questions about Optune or need help troubleshooting? nCompass can help. Call 1-855-281-9301 (toll-free) to speak with someone from the nCompass team or email support@novocure.com.

The Patient Information and Operation manual can be found here.

Sleeping with Optune

Optune users share insights on how they adjusted to sleeping comfortably at night with Optune.

*International travel support from nCompass is dependent on Optune’s approval status in the destination country.

nCompass cannot provide you with medical advice. Consult with your doctor for medical-related questions.

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.

On this site, patient and healthcare professional videos as well as all images labeled as Optune users, caregivers, or healthcare professionals depict actual patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. All other depictions of patients and caregivers are actor portrayals. Patient images reflect the health status of the patients at the time each photo was taken.

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.