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Wearable Device Slows Brain Tumor Growth

By    |   Thursday, 09 April 2015 03:38 PM

Scientists have come up with a wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields that has been shown to slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and boost longevity.

A study of the device in more than 300 cancer patients — carried out by researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and more than 80 other institutions — demonstrated it improved survival times by blocking the growth of tumors, Medical Xpress reports.

David Schiff. M.D., said the results of the trial came as a "real shocker," noting that glioblastoma is notoriously difficult to treat.

"This is a tumor type that it's been very hard to make real progress against. From the 1960s to the present, we haven't improved the average survival by more than a few months – less than a handful of months,” he explained.

“So anybody who's been in the field for a while has seen a lot of bright ideas fail. But this trial in newly diagnosed disease is a different kettle of fish. Because this trial clearly shows an improvement both in time until the tumor starts growing but more importantly in overall survival. And if you can make a difference in overall survival, you're really doing something."

The result of the study showed the median survival among the 210 newly diagnosed patients who wore the device was 19.6 months, more than three months longer than for the 105 patients who didn't wear it.

Forty-three percent of device wearers survived two years; only 29 percent of those who didn't wear the device lived that long.

The device is worn like a skullcap, with electrodes affixed to the scalp. It is powered by a separate, portable battery attached by long wires.

The device, manufactured by Novocure, has not been approved for the treatment of newly diagnosed glioblastomas and is not yet available as a treatment. It is, however, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of recurrent glioblastomas.

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