MILAN, ITALY - October 10, 2010 - Novocure reported today that patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) achieved a significant increase in survival time when tumor treating fields (TTF) therapy was added to chemotherapy, as compared to previously reported outcomes for patients receiving chemotherapy alone. Dr. Miklos Pless, head of medical oncology at the Winterthur Hospital Cancer center in Switzerland, presented the data at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress (ESMO).
Physicians delivered TTF Therapy to patients in the study using the NovoTTF-100La portable, non-invasive medical device. Investigators conducted this single arm, phase II study at four centers in Switzerland, enrolling 42 patients with locally advanced and metastatic NSCLC (stage IIIb-IV) who had failed prior treatments with chemotherapy. Patients in the study received TTF Therapy for 12 hours a day in combination with pemetrexed (Alimta; Eli Lilly) until disease progression.
Advanced NSCLC is the second cancer in which TTF Therapy has shown clinical efficacy in human trials. Novocure reported a successful phase III clinical trial of TTF monotherapy in patients with recurrent glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Conference (ASCO) earlier this year. Results of this phase III trial have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"We were pleased to report on the results of this multi-center trial of TTF Therapy in a non-brain tumor indication," said Dr. Pless. "We believe this study has shown TTF Therapy to be completely non-toxic and to have the potential to act as a significant adjunct to chemotherapy in the treatment of NSCLC and other solid tumor indications."
Patients treated with TTF Therapy in combination with pemetrexed had a median overall survival time of 13.8 months compared with the 8.3 months reported for pemetrexed alone. The one-year survival rate for
|Contact: Anne McPherson|
Edelman Public Relations