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At-Home Tumor Treatments

The Novottf-100a Stops Brain Tumors Using Electricity

— April 19, 2011 — Lifestyle
Brain tumors require aggressive treatment that often require spending long hours in the hospital. In an attempt to let patients treat their tumors at home, Novocure has developed the NovoTTF-100A. The NovoTTF-100A is a device that pumps low-intensity electrical fields onto a GBM (glioblastoma multiform) tumor.

The electrical fields are designed to stunt and possibly even reverse the tumors growth. Recent testing showed results similar to chemotherapy without all off the added side affects like nausea, weakness and hair loss. The size and outward simpleness of the NovoTTF-100A make it the perfect candidate for home treatments. According to Novocure, their device is only meant to be used as a last-resort after all other types of treatment have failed. Hopefully Novocure can tweak the design of the NovoTTF-100A to make it fit as a first option for patients undergoing treatment for brain tumors.
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