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Electronic cap prolongs survival from brain tumour

Applying electricity to the brain by wearing a special cap boosts survival rates for people with an aggressive type of brain tumour, a clinical trial shows
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Treatment using an electronic cap boosts survival rates for people with an aggressive type of brain tumour, a clinical trial shows.

The treatment works by applying low frequency electricity to the brain through insulated electrodes that are placed on the patient’s shaved scalp using a cap.

These doses of electricity, called tumour-treating fields, interfere with the molecular mechanism in cancer cells that helps them divide.

The study, by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, covered 695 patients with glioblastoma who had undergone surgery to remove a tumour and radiotherapy.

Cap and drug

Two thirds of patients received the electronic cap treatment as well as the chemotherapy drug temozolomide. The remainder had only the drug.

Overall survival in patients who had the drug and the electronic therapy was 20.9 months on average, compared

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