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Optune®: Discovering the Best Brain Tumor Treatment Options For You

May 29, 2023

Optune®: Discovering the Best Brain Tumor Treatment Options For You
A brain tumor diagnosis is a life-altering event. With our highly trained Neuro-Oncology specialists and the latest treatments available, your care is in excellent hands.

After the initial shock of finding out you have a brain tumor, you’re likely eager to learn of the many approaches oncologists take to treating brain cancer. Our team of experienced oncologists at Arizona Center for Cancer Care uses advanced diagnostic technology to find out which type of brain tumor you have and how advanced it is. 

At our offices in Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Anthem, Peoria, Fountain Hills, Wickenburg, Apache Junction, Sun City, Sun City West, Goodyear, and Tempe, Arizona, our team routinely treats the following malignant brain tumor types:

  • Astrocytoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Ependymoma

Some brain tumors originate in the brain (primary tumors) while others originate from cancer that has migrated from somewhere else in your body (secondary tumors). 

With May being Brain Cancer Awareness Month, our team would like to express that there are many options for treating a brain tumor and that we offer many of the latest and most innovative among them. Although a brain tumor can impact your physical and mental health in many ways, modern advancements in oncology continue to open doors and improve brain cancer treatment outcomes.  

Your treatment strategy

There is no one-size-fits-all brain cancer treatment, just as no two brain tumors are exactly alike. With over 150 different types of brain tumors, some of which grow faster than others, you need a detailed evaluation by experienced oncologists. They can then decide on a suitable method of killing the cancerous cells, often using more than one strategy at a time. 

Brain cancer treatment can involve therapies like:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Clinical trials
  • Optune® for glioblastoma

Location, tumor size, the type of tumor, your age, and your overall health all matter in your oncologist’s decision for your brain cancer treatment. Clinical trials test new treatments that are not yet available to the public but have been through multiple rounds of research already. 

Exploring Optune: A promising new treatment for Glioblastoma

Here at Arizona Center for Cancer Care, several board-certified radiation and medical oncologists are certified to provide glioblastoma treatment using Optune for eligible candidates. Optune steps in after other brain cancer treatments, like surgery and radiation therapy, to kill any remaining cancerous cells. 

Research into Optune, which is FDA-approved to treat glioblastoma brain tumors, indicates a statistically significant increase in survival rates among those who receive the treatment. Glioblastoma is the most common type of brain tumor and tends to grow rapidly. 

Optune is a portable device that you wear over your shoulder every day. It emits electrical fields called tumor treating fields (TTFields) that slow or stop the growth of a glioblastoma brain tumor. Your oncologist teaches you to charge the battery and to know when it’s time to replace the battery so you can use the device constantly. 

Dr. Azadi and the team make sure Optune is a valuable and effective addition to your brain cancer treatment plan before recommending it. They may implement it alongside certain forms of chemotherapy to give you the best possible outcome. 

Visit us for more information 

Discover the best approach for your brain tumor treatment today. Call your nearest Arizona Center for Cancer Care office or book an appointment online at your earliest convenience with Dr. Amir Azadi, Dr. Steven Sckolnik or Dr. Justin Famoso