New mesothelioma therapy approved by the FDA
There is positive news for those diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the NovoTTF-100L System for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.
This is the first therapy to receive FDA approval for the disease in 15+ years. The last treatment to receive FDA approval was Alimta in 2004.
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What is the therapy?
NovoTTF-100L System delivers Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) directly onto the affected area – in this case, the outer lining of the lungs, or mesothelium. These low-intensity electric fields have been found to interfere with the division of cancer cells.
The therapy comes after the STELLAR trial, which involved patients with newly diagnosed mesothelioma who had not yet been treated, and whose cancer could not be fully removed through surgery.
To administer the treatment, four transducer arrays are taped to the upper torso of the patient. These arrays deliver the fields directly into the affected area, and may be administered for up to 18 hours a day.
This non-invasive treatment is unique in that patients can receive treatment in the privacy of their homes. The system is battery operated, lightweight, and portable, making it convenient for patients to use in our out of their homes.
Tumor Treating Fields are used in the treatment of other tumors and cancers, as well. Using TTFields for mesothelioma is a breakthrough in the treatment of a cancer that is difficult to treat.
Mesothelioma patients are encouraged to discuss TTFields and other treatment options with their doctors.
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