A large clinical study showed that adding Optune to chemotherapy† provided the best chance to live longer.
* Comparing Optune + chemotherapy vs chemotherapy alone.
† Temozolomide, also known as Temodar®.
Nearly half of people on Optune + chemotherapy were alive at 2 years compared with 31% of people on chemotherapy alone.
In a clinical study, people on Optune + chemotherapy lived longer than people on chemotherapy alone.
In the same study, Optune + chemotherapy delayed tumor growth longer than chemotherapy alone.
Optune treats where your GBM tumor is located without increasing chemotherapy-related side effects.
1. Optune Instructions For Use. Novocure 2016.
2. Stupp R, Hegi ME, Idbaih A, et al. Tumor treating fields added to standard chemotherapy in newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM): final results of a randomized, multicenter, phase III trial. In: Program and abstracts of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; April 1-5, 2017; Washington, DC. Abstract LBA AACR CT007.
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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.
If you have newly diagnosed GBM, Optune is used together with a chemotherapy called temozolomide (TMZ) if:
If your tumor has come back, Optune can be used alone as an alternative to standard medical therapy if:
Optune is not for everyone. Talk to your doctor if you have:
Do not use Optune if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Optune is safe or effective during pregnancy.
Optune 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.
Most common side effects of Optune when used together with chemotherapy (temozolomide, or TMZ) were low blood platelet count, nausea, constipation, vomiting, tiredness, scalp irritation from the device, headache, seizure, and depression.
The most common side effects when using Optune alone were scalp irritation (redness and itchiness) and headache. Other side effects were malaise, muscle twitching, fall and skin ulcers.
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these side effects or questions.
Please click here to see the Optune Instructions For Use (IFU) for complete information regarding the device's indications, contraindications, warnings, and precautions.
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Optune is intended as a treatment for adult patients (22 years of age or older) with histologically-confirmed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).