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WHAT IS OPTUNE THERAPY?

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

What is Optune Therapy? Optune is a type of non-invasive brain tumour treatment that uses low- intensity, alternating electric fields (known as Tumour Treating Fields or TTFields) to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. The therapy involves the use of a wearable device that delivers TTFields directly to the skin over the location of the brain tumour.


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Optune therapy is approved for use in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma (a type of brain tumour) in adult patients. The therapy works by using low-intensity, alternating electric fields to interfere with the division of cancer cells, slowing or stopping their growth. Research has shown that Optune therapy can improve overall survival rates for patients with glioblastoma, and it is considered a safe and well-tolerated treatment option. However, it is important to note that Optune therapy is not a cure for brain tumours and that it may not be suitable or effective for all patients. Additionally, like all medical treatments, it can have side effects, and it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with a healthcare provider.


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