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Emerging glioblastoma treatments

Using Immunotherapy to treat glioblastoma

Immunotherapy, which uses substances to enhance or subdue your immune system to help your body fight the tumour, is also showing some promise, such as the cancer vaccine DCVax®.

DCVax ® is a personalised cancer vaccine that is made from each patient’s own dendritic cells. (Dendritic cells are a type of immune cell that help the body’s immune system recognise and attack tumour cells.)

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Trial finds DCVax-L can prolong the lives of those living with a Glioblastoma

A major phase III clinical trial has found that novel treatment DCVax®-L can prolong the lives of people diagnosed with a new or recurrent glioblastoma



Using Tumour Treating Fields (TTF) to treat glioblastoma

Also known as Optune ®, TTF is a relatively new, non-invasive technique for adults with glioblastoma. It uses alternating electrical fields, delivered via a set of adhesive patches worn like a skull cap, to disrupt tumour cell division, or cause cell death. This helps to prevent the tumour from growing or spreading so quickly.

It’s not currently available through the NHS.

Find out more about TTF

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