Novocure Announces Data Presentations at the ESMO 2017 Congress

ST. HELIER, Jersey–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) announced today that four data presentations on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) will be presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress, September 8 through September 12 in Madrid, Spain. Among the highlights is a poster discussion of the overall survival and quality of life data from Novocure’s two phase 3 pivotal trials in patients with glioblastoma (GBM), EF-14 in newly diagnosed GBM patients and EF-11 in recurrent GBM patients.

In the EF-14 trial, the combination of TTFields with temozolomide led to a significant extension of overall survival versus temozolomide alone without added systemic toxicity. The addition of TTFields to temozolomide delayed decline in several health-related quality of life scales compared to temozolomide alone. The addition of TTFields to temozolomide did not negatively impact quality of life for newly diagnosed GBM patients except for causing itchy skin.

The following abstracts will be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress:

  • (334PD) Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) – A novel cancer treatment modality: Translating preclinical evidence and engineering into a survival benefit with delayed decline in quality of life. R. Stupp. Saturday, September 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Location: Bilbao Auditorium.
  • (759P) PANOVA: A phase II study of TTFields (150 kHz) with concomitant standard chemotherapy for front-line advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma – Updated efficacy results. M. Küng. Saturday, September 9, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Location: Hall 8.
  • (782TiP) PANOVA-3: A phase 3 study of TTFields with gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel for front-line treatment of locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma (LAPC). O. Farber. Saturday, September 9, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Location: Hall 8.
  • (1206P) Efficacy of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) and anti-PD-1 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) preclinical models. M. Giladi. Sunday, September 10, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Location: Hall 8.

Approved Indications
In the United States, Optune is intended as a treatment for adult patients (22 years of age or older) with histologically-confirmed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

In the United States, Optune with temozolomide is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed, supratentorial GBM following maximal debulking surgery and completion of radiation therapy together with concomitant standard of care chemotherapy.

In the United States, 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.

In Europe, Optune is intended for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed GBM, after surgery and radiotherapy with adjuvant temozolomide, concomitant to maintenance temozolomide. The treatment is intended for adult patients, 18 years of age or older, and should be started more than 4 weeks after surgery and radiation therapy with adjuvant temozolomide. Treatment may be given together with maintenance temozolomide and after maintenance temozolomide is stopped.

In Europe, Optune is also intended for the treatment of patients with recurrent GBM who have progressed after surgery, radiotherapy and temozolomide treatment for their primary disease. The treatment is intended for adult patients, 18 years of age or older, and should be started more than 4 weeks after the latest surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Patients should only use Optune under the supervision of a physician properly trained in use of the device. Full prescribing information is available at or by calling toll free 1-855-281-9301 in the US or by email at in Europe.

About Novocure
Novocure is an oncology company developing a profoundly different cancer treatment utilizing a proprietary therapy called TTFields, the use of electric fields tuned to specific frequencies to disrupt solid tumor cancer cell division. Novocure’s commercialized product, Optune, is approved for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical trials investigating TTFields in brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Headquartered in Jersey, Novocure has U.S. operations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Malvern, Pennsylvania and New York City. Additionally, the company has offices in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Israel. For additional information about the company, please visit or follow us at

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