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A new wearable treatment is helping some cancer patients fight tumors.

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 11:30 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – There’s a new way to treat tumors at the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Optune for brain tumors and the cancer of the lining of the lung.

It’s a wearable, portable treatment that destroys tumor cells without hurting health tissue. And it doesn’t come with many of the side effects of traditional cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

It’s especially helpful for brain cancer patients because it doesn’t come with the risk of cognitive changes and the ability to process information.

Randy Moore said the Community Cancer Center is offering the technology. He added studies show that when patients where the device for at least 18 hours a day, they have better results.

“We want to let the skin have a chance to breath, so they can bathe, those sorts of things, take good skin care, so we don’t want it on all the time but the longer it’s on the better the results,” Moore said.

They’re now trying to determine in the technology can be used to treat other cancers.

The Oregon Health & Science University is doing a clinical trial for patients with small cell lung cancer.

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