Gallery: FDA Approves Cancer Killing Skull Cap to Treat Brain Tumors

 

People who suffer from a form of brain cancer called GBM (glioblastoma multiforme) that resists chemotherapy and radiation will soon be able to undergo a less intrusive electrical treatment at home. Recently approved by the FDA, the Novo TTF-100A comprises a cap of electrodes attached to a machine that delivers a low-level electric current directly to the patient’s scalp. Known as Tumor Treatment Fields (TTF), the electricity disrupts the tumor cells‘ shape and electrical configuration such that their rapid growth is either stopped, or even reversed.

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  1. bewilderedpatriot April 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Just to be clear. FDA approval does not indicate that this device works, simply that it is safe to use. The companies own website decribes its efficacy as being “comparible” to the above mentioned ineffectual chemotherapy approaches. It does however not come with the unpleasant side effects of chemo, which is a bonus.

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