CNS Oncology Publishes Data Suggesting Survival Benefit of Optune™ in Combination with Second Line Chemotherapies after Glioblastoma Recurrence
Data show glioblastoma patients who received Optune in combination with bevacizumab at first recurrence lived longer than patients who received bevacizumab alone
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The analysis shows that the median overall survival of patients treated with Optune in combination with physician’s best choice second line chemotherapy increased by 28 percent compared to patients treated with physician’s best choice second line chemotherapy alone from 9.2 months to 11.8 months (HR= 0.70, p= 0.049). Bevacizumab, alone or in combination with chemotherapy, was the most frequently used second-line treatment. The analysis also shows that the median overall survival of patients treated with Optune in combination with bevacizumab increased by 31 percent compared to patients treated with bevacizumab alone from 9.0 months to 11.8 months (HR=0.61, p= 0.043).
“Taken in conjunction with the previously reported benefits with TTFields for newly diagnosed GBM in the EF-14 interim analysis, these results support the early initiation and continued use of Optune in combination with standard systemic therapies for the treatment of GBM,” said
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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).
Optune with temozolomide is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed, supratentorial glioblastoma following maximal debulking surgery and completion of radiation therapy together with concomitant standard of care chemotherapy.
For the treatment of recurrent GBM, Optune is indicated following histologically-or radiologically-confirmed recurrence in the supratentorial region of the brain after receiving chemotherapy. The device is intended to be used as a monotherapy, and is intended as an alternative to standard medical therapy for GBM after surgical and radiation options have been exhausted.
Important Safety Information
Contraindications: Do not use Optune if you have an active implanted medical device, a skull defect (such as, missing bone with no replacement), or bullet fragments. Use of Optune together with implanted electronic devices has not been tested and may theoretically lead to malfunctioning of the implanted device. Use of Optune together with skull defects or bullet fragments has not been tested and may possibly lead to tissue damage or render Optune ineffective.
Do not use Optune if you are known to be sensitive to conductive hydrogels. In this case, skin contact with the gel used with Optune may commonly cause increased redness and itching, and rarely may even lead to severe allergic reactions such as shock and respiratory failure.
Warnings and Precautions: Use Optune only after receiving training from qualified personnel, such as your doctor, a nurse, or other medical personnel who have completed a training course given by
Do not use Optune if you are pregnant, you think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. It is not known if Optune is safe or effective in these populations.
The most common (≥10%) adverse events involving Optune in combination with temozolomide were low blood platelet count, nausea, constipation, vomiting, fatigue, scalp irritation from device use, headache, convulsions, and depression.
The most common (≥10%) adverse events seen when using Optune alone were scalp irritation from device use and headache.
The following adverse reactions were considered related to Optune when using the device alone: scalp irritation from device use, headache, malaise, muscle twitching, fall and skin ulcer.
All servicing procedures must be performed by qualified and trained personnel.
Do not use any parts that do not come with the Optune Treatment Kit, or that were not sent to you by the device manufacturer or given to you by your doctor.
Do not wet the device or transducer arrays.
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.
Please see http://www.optune.com/safety to see the Optune Instructions For Use (IFU) for complete information regarding the device’s indications, contraindications, warnings, and precautions.
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