Optune is a wearable and portable, FDA-approved treatment that has been shown in clinical trials to safely deliver continuous therapy to the area of your brain where your GBM tumor is located.
Optune delivers therapy through 4 adhesive patches, called transducer arrays. These transducer arrays are applied to your scalp and are connected to the device and battery. It is recommended that you use Optune at least 75% of the time (18 hours per day) to get the best response from treatment.
Depending on where you are in your diagnosis and treatment plan, you may need to use Optune along with another therapy or alone:
For people with newly diagnosed GBM, Optune is used together with the chemotherapy temozolomide, also known as Temodar®
For people with recurrent GBM, Optune is used alone
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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.
If you have newly diagnosed GBM, Optune is used together with a chemotherapy called temozolomide (TMZ) if:
If your tumor has come back, Optune can be used alone as an alternative to standard medical therapy if:
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.
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.
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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Optune is intended as a treatment for adult patients (22 years of age or older) with histologically-confirmed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).