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Novocure reports data showing TTF therapy in combination with chemotherapy has the potential to increase overall survival for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Date:10/10/2010

the combination was 57 percent compared with the 30 percent reported for pemetrexed alone. Progression-free survival more than doubled when TTF Therapy was added to pemetrexed, to 22-28 weeks versus the 12 weeks previously reported for pemetrexed alone1. The only reported adverse event for TTF Therapy was mild to moderate skin irritation at the treatment site.

"These NSCLC data further validate TTF Therapy as a viable approach to treating deadly cancers," said Asaf Danziger, chief executive officer of Novocure. "We have seen positive clinical success in both phase II and phase III studies, alone and in combination with chemotherapy, and believe TTF Therapy has the potential to be effective in a range of solid tumors."

TTF Therapy slows and reverses tumor cell proliferation by inhibiting mitosis, the process by which cells divide and replicate themselves. The NovoTTF-100L device, which weighs about six pounds (three kilograms), creates a low-intensity, alternating electric field within the tumor that exerts physical forces on electrically charged cellular components, preventing the normal mitotic process and causing cancer cell death prior to division.

Novocures NovoTTF-100A device has received its CE Mark and is approved for sale in six European countries as a treatment for glioblastoma brain tumors. The NovoTTF-100L device has received its CE Mark as a treatment for NSCLC and will be launched in Europe in the near future. Novocure is also planning to file an investigational device application with the FDA for a phase III study of TTF Therapy in early stage NSCLC in the near future.


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