Preparing for Optune
You may have already spoken to doctors and done your own research, but as you or your loved one prepares to start Optune, you might be wondering what more you should know. Here are some things to keep in mind as you get started.
When you're ready to start Optune, nCompass will arrange for in-person training. At that appointment, an nCompass DSS will teach you and your caregiver(s):
- How to use Optune
- How to prepare your head
- How to properly place transducer arrays
- How to incorporate Optune into your life and daily activities
Many patients rely on family, friends, and/or outside caregivers to assist them on array change days. It’s a good idea to have anyone who will be helping you with array changes present at your treatment education meeting. That way, your caregivers will be able to meet your DSS and learn about the device and proper array placement.
Transducer arrays need to be applied directly to your scalp to work properly. Hair growth prevents the arrays from making good contact with your scalp.
If you'd like, you can wear a breathable head covering, like a cap, hat, head wrap, or loose-knit wig over the transducer arrays.
Transducer arrays need to be changed at least 2 times per week (one set of arrays should not be worn for more than 4 days at a time). If you find that you sweat a lot or that your hair grows quickly, you may need to change them more often. Watch this tutorial to learn how transducer arrays are applied.
Optune should be used for at least 75% of the time (18 hours per day) to get the best response from treatment. Treatment can be delivered while you sleep.
- You can customize your Optune treatment plan by taking breaks during the day
- Optune offers you the ability to bank hours. This means that you can take treatment breaks on one or more days, as long as you make up those hours on other days
Optune records how much time per day treatment is being delivered. A monthly usage report is provided to your doctors, so they can discuss your treatment goals with you.
It’s important that you keep the device and arrays from getting wet. Your nCompass team will provide direction on how to protect the transducer arrays and device before bathing. On our FAQs page you can learn more about what to do if Optune gets wet.
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. See how other patients have incorporated Optune into their lives here.
To help prevent unnecessary stress and treatment disruption, nCompass is available to support you before and during your travel! In addition to the 24/7 technical support, we can provide helpful travel information.
Please contact nCompass well in advance of your travel dates so we can help you prepare for your trip with Optune. Depending on your specific plans, you may be eligible to borrow equipment.