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Helpful educational materials

There are many things available to help you. From learning about Optune during treatment planning, to understanding all the support services available to you through nCompass support.

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  • First glance and information about Optune® as an FDA-approved treatment for glioblastoma (GBM)

    First Glance at Optune

    Answers common questions about starting Optune, an FDA-approved treatment for glioblastoma.

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    Understanding Optune® guide for glioblastoma (GBM) patients and caregivers

    Buddy Program brochure

    The Buddy Program connects Optune users with patients and caregivers who are either considering, about to start, or have recently started using Optune.

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    Overview of what to expect when the nCompass™ Care Coordinator calls about affording Optune®

    Affording Optune fact sheet

    The "Affording Optune Fact Sheet" provides information regarding insurance coverage. An nCompass Case Manager works with the patient’s insurance to determine the cost for Optune.

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  • Patient information and operational manual for using Optune® for glioblastoma (GBM) treatment

    Patient Information and Operation Manual

    How Optune works and how to integrate treatment into your everyday life.

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    nCompass™ support brochure for assistance and guidance every step of the way while using Optune® for glioblastoma (GBM)

    nCompass support brochure

    Learn more about the support available from the moment your doctor prescribes Optune.

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    Overview of what to expect when the nCompass™ Care Coordinator calls about affording Optune®

    Affording Optune fact sheet

    A quick overview of what to expect when the nCompass Care Coordinator calls about affording Optune.

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    Explains getting started with Optune and answers your important questions

    Starting Optune brochure

    Explains getting started with Optune and answers your important questions.

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    This guide familiarizes you with the components of the treatment kit, helping ensure you set it up correctly each and every time you use Optune

    Quick start guide

    This guide familiarizes you with the components of the treatment kit, helping ensure you set it up correctly each and every time you use Optune.

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  • Patient scalp care guidelines on how to place arrays and prepare the scalp while on Optune® for glioblastoma (GBM) treatment

    Scalp care guide

    Provides helpful tips for taking care of your skin during treatment.

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    Optune® insights from users and non- traditional caregivers such as friends who don't live with you

    Optune Troubleshooting Tips

    This guide helps patients and caregivers understand what to do if the Optune device alarm goes off.

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    Travel Support by nCompass™ brochure discussing travel on the brain cancer treatment Optune® for glioblastoma (GBM)

    Travel Support by nCompass brochure

    Explains nCompass travel support that is available before, during, and after your trip.

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Video library

Watch videos about Optune, how it works, and how other patients and caregivers have integrated Optune into their lives.

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Integrating Optune into Daily Life

Device Support Specialists (DSS)

Discover how others still do the things they love while on Optune.

A caregivers’ guide

Hear caregivers’ insights about caring for Optune patients and themselves.

Adjusting to Optune

Watch patients discuss how they adjusted to using Optune.

Communication with healthcare team

 

Optune Buddy Call

Learn how the Optune Buddy Program connects you with current users.

Interview with Optune user and caregiver

Join Jeannie, a Novocure Thought Leader Liaison, Bob, an Optune user, and his wife and caregiver Debbie at the 2nd Facebook Live event where they discuss GBM and Optune as well as Bob and Debbie's personal experience with Optune.

24/7 support

See Optune patients and caregivers share how nCompass™ helps with 24/7 support.

Transducer arrays placement

Detailed step-by-step instructions on how to apply and replace Optune transducer arrays that deliver treatment to the location of the tumor.

How to wear a headscarf with Optune

Marcia, an Optune user, demonstrates how she wears a headscarf while using Optune. She also provides suggestions about fabrics and styles that make her comfortable.

Managing alarms

Optune will tell you if something is wrong. Learn more about alarms.

Caregiver roles

Hear from caregivers who offer love and support to their loved ones living with GBM.

Array management

Learn about array management from those who have firsthand experience.

Staying active with Optune

With your doctor’s permission, Optune can become part of your exercise routine.

Everyday life with Optune

Optune users and caregivers discuss what a normal day looks like while using Optune.

Life with Optune

Milestones are important for GBM patients and caregivers. Hear firsthand from achievements from our very own Ambassadors.

Wearing Optune in public

Optune users and caregivers discuss the Optune system and the features designed to enhance carrying comfort and usability.

Maintaining healthy skin hygiene

Optune users and caregivers share tips on how to help keep the scalp from developing skin irritation or infection.

At home treatment with Optune

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

Taking a break from Optune

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.

Sleeping with Optune

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

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.