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FDA Approve New Treatment for Brain Tumors from NovoCure

Posted Apr 15 2011 6:50pm

Back in October of 2009 both Pfizer and J and J had invested in NovoCure.  The electrodes tackle the cancer cells only and healthy cells are left alone.  Compared to image chemotherapy it offers a better quality of life with brain tumors but you need to be connected almost all the time and carry around the 7 pound battery pack.  The system is completely non invasive. 

Perhaps as time moves forward the device and battery pack will get smaller.  BD 

A new treatment for a deadly form of brain cancer has been approved by the FDA and is cleared for sale in the U.S. market.

The NovoTTF-100A System (NovoTTF) made by NovoCure is a "non-invasive device consisting of four sets of insulated electrodes attached to an electronic box," according to the privately-held Israeli company.

The FDA's neurological devices panel last month voted 7-to-3, with 2 abstentions, that there is reasonable assurance that the benefits of the device outweigh its risks when "administered as a monotherapy in place of standard medical therapy" for treatment of for treating the brain cancer glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), according to a prepared release from the company


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