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How is electric field therapy used to treat glioblastoma?

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Electric field therapy uses electrical fields to target cells in the tumor while leaving normal cells unharmed. To do this, doctors put electrodes directly on the scalp. The device is called Optune. You get it with chemotherapy after surgery and radiation. The FDA has approved it for both newly diagnosed people and people whose glioblastoma has come back.

From: What Is Glioblastoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Glioblastoma Multiforme."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Glioblastoma," "Brain Tumor Primer," "Glioblastoma and Malignant Astrocytoma."

Massachusetts General Hospital Brain Tumor Center: "Therapeutic Door Opens for Aggressive Brain Cancer."

UC San Diego Neurosurgery: "Glioblastoma."

CBTRUS Statistical Report: “Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2009-2013.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Glioblastoma Multiforme."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Glioblastoma," "Brain Tumor Primer," "Glioblastoma and Malignant Astrocytoma."

Massachusetts General Hospital Brain Tumor Center: "Therapeutic Door Opens for Aggressive Brain Cancer."

UC San Diego Neurosurgery: "Glioblastoma."

CBTRUS Statistical Report: “Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2009-2013.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 15, 2018

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