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University Evaluates New Device To Treat Brain Tumors

ar-old Daniel Torres of Chicago is a pioneer, according to Engelhard. Torres is the first person in the United States randomized to receive the novel therapy.

On Nov. 15 Torres had 36 electrodes placed on his head to emit very low intensity, intermediate frequency electric fields called tumor-treating fields. He was kept in the hospital overnight for observation and discharged the next day.

Torres, a father of four, ages 6 to 16, says the therapy may offer him a second chance at life. He has had three surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and radiotherapy since he was first diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme nearly three years ago.

He says he is hopeful for himself, but also for future patients who may benefit from the study.

The trial will enroll 236 patients at 10 U.S. centers and seven in Europe. Half the patients will receive continuous therapy with the NovoTTF-100A in addition to standard treatment and will be evaluated every four weeks; the other half will receive the standard treatment alone. All patients in the study will be evaluated for disease progression.

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