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Novocure™ Certifies Eight Additional Clinical Centers of Excellence to Treat Most Common Brain Tumor with Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) Therapy
Date:5/24/2012

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Novocure™, a commercial stage private oncology company, announced that by June 1, eight additional clinical centers of excellence will join the seven existing clinical centers that provide Novocure's Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) therapy to patients with recurrent GBM. These fifteen clinical centers are among the leading cancer centers in the U.S.

GBM is both the deadliest and most common form of primary brain tumor in the U.S., diagnosed in approximately 10,000 Americans each year.  Based on the literature, the median overall survival time from initial diagnosis for patients with GBM is 15 months with optimal treatment, and median survival from the time of tumor recurrence is only 3-5 months without additional effective treatment.  The disease is widely recognized as one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

The NovoTTF-100A™ device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for the treatment of recurrent GBM.  It is available in the U.S. for prescription use from centers whose clinical staff has been trained in the use of the system.

The additional clinical centers and their contacts are:

  • The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. Gene H. Barnett
  • Arthur G. James Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Dr. Robert Cavaliere
  • The Brain and Spine Tumor Center at USC, Department of Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, CA; Dr. Thomas Chen
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Dr. Tara Morrison
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Dr. Nicholas Butowski
  • University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; Dr. Maciej M. Mrugala
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Dr. Jeffrey Raizer
  • Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA; Dr. Steven Toms

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