Treatment for glioblastoma (GBM)
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Optune® Novocure™

Educational resources

Print or download these materials to become more familiar with Optune and to help introduce Optune to your healthcare team, family, and others who are involved in your treatment.

You will notice that some materials are specific to whether you have newly diagnosed or recurrent GBM, while other materials are not specific to a diagnosis.

General resources

Instructions For Use
A closer look at Optune benefits and safety information.
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Patient Information and Operation Manual
Step-by-step directions for using all system components.
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nCompass support brochure
Step-by-step directions for using all system components.
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First glance at Optune
A brief look at life with Optune.
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Understanding Optune
A resource for treatment-related questions.
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Patient Scalp Care Guidelines
An educational guide which answers questions about scalp care and transducer array placement.
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Travel Support by nCompass™ brochure
An overview of nCompass travel support offered before, during, and after your trip.
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Optune Insights
A resource outlining experiences from an Optune user and their caregiver.
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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.

Patient Journey videos on this site and all images labeled as Optune users or caregivers depict actual patients and caregivers. All other depictions of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals are actor portrayals.


Indications For Use

Optune is intended as a treatment for adult patients (22 years of age or older) with histologically-confirmed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).