Your Optune routine
JB, an Optune® user and Patient Ambassador
Sleeping with Optune
Adjusting to sleeping with Optune is different for everyone. Some people can adjust rather quickly, while others may need some time. Here are some tips from Optune users that may help you get more comfortable sleeping with Optune.
Always remember to plug the Optune device into the wall charger at night.
Optune also has a light-detecting sensor that auto-dims the device and the charger in the dark.
“My pillow is a cool bead pillow. I also have a fan on my pillow that blows directly on my head, and that helps keep the arrays cool.” Taylor, Optune user and patient ambassador
Sleeping With Optune
Optune users share insights on how they adjusted to sleeping comfortably at night with Optune.
Showering with Optune
Try these 4 tips from Optune users to get more comfortable showering with Optune.
A simple shower routine:
Showering without Optune
Try to align your array changes with your shower schedule—that way you can take a shower before applying a new set of arrays. You can also use this time to apply any skin care treatments to help keep your scalp healthy.
What should I do if my arrays get wet?
Getting the arrays wet can cause the patches to come loose and interfere with contact to the scalp. If this happens, the alarm may sound. Any time the arrays become wet or loosen, they should be changed.
“On array change days I usually take a good shower and let the water run over my head for a little while. We also might go out to eat and then come home and put new arrays on.” Bob, Optune user and patient ambassador
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Important Safety Information
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:
- Your cancer is confirmed by your healthcare professional AND
- You have had surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible
If your tumor has come back, Optune can be used alone as an alternative to standard medical therapy if:
- You have tried surgery and radiation and they did not work or are no longer working AND
- You have tried chemotherapy and your GBM has been confirmed by your healthcare professional
Who should not use Optune?
Optune is not for everyone. Talk to your doctor if you have:
- An implanted medical device (programmable shunt), skull defect (missing bone with no replacement), or bullet fragment. Optune has not been tested in people with implanted electronic devices, which may cause the devices not to work properly, and Optune has not been tested in people with skull defects or bullet fragments, which may cause Optune not to work properly
- A known sensitivity to conductive hydrogels (the gel on the arrays placed on the scalp like the ones used on EKGs). When Optune comes into contact with the skin, it may cause more redness and itching or may rarely cause a life-threatening allergic reaction
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.
- Do not use any parts that did not come with the Optune Treatment Kit sent to you by Novocure or given to you by your doctor
- Do not get the device or transducer arrays wet
- If you have an underlying serious skin condition on the scalp, discuss with your doctor whether this may prevent or temporarily interfere with Optune treatment
What are the possible side effects of Optune?
The 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 for the Optune Instructions for Use (IFU) for complete information regarding the device’s indications, contraindications, warnings, and precautions.
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