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Treatment for glioblastoma (GBM)
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National advocacy organizations

Tap into the latest information and research by health organizations specializing in the treatment of brain tumors.

American Brain Tumor Association Learn more about brain tumors and treatments, locate support groups and educational meetings nationwide, find brain tumor physicians near you, explore research being conducted and how you can participate in a clinical trial, and read about ways to get involved.

National Brain Tumor Society Funding for brain tumor research, read the latest progress, help give the brain tumor community a voice, and obtain guidance and coaching on how to navigate a brain tumor diagnosis and experience. Check the calendar for upcoming Brain Tumor Walks, Rides, Runs, and "brain freezes."

Head for the Cure Foundation Head for the Cure raises funds, awareness and hope for the brain tumor community by supporting clinical trials and programs, including Brains for the Cure, a patient/caregiver portal providing resources to navigate through the stages of a brain tumor diagnosis.

The Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information The Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information hosts this site to compile data and organize the brain tumor community. Download a guide for the newly diagnosed and explore financial resources. EndBrainCancer Initiative/Chris Elliott Fund “Directly Connects” patients and provides immediate access to advanced treatment options, clinical trials and healthcare specialists. Their programs also provide Education/Awareness/Outreach to the brain tumor community and the general public about brain cancer and provides the patient voice in clinical trial design and advocates national public health policy to improve patient outcomes.

Local advocacy organizations

Seek out local support groups that can provide positive support in your area.

Local Support Group Finder Find support groups by state, compliments of the American Brain Tumor Association.

CancerCare® Support Groups Browse online and telephone support groups, plus face-to-face sessions for New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

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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:

Who should not use Optune?

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.

What should I know before using Optune?

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.

What are the possible side effects 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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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.