Miami Cancer Institute Begins Using Novel Treatment for Mesothelioma

The Miami Cancer Institute on Thursday will begin using the innovative Tumor Treating Fields device for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. It is the first new treatment approved for mesothelioma by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than 15 years. “This is actually pretty exciting for us,” Dr. Rupesh Kotecha, the radiation oncologist who will oversee the treatment protocol in Miami, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “It’s another tool in our armamentarium. It’s something we can offer patients that has shown a real benefit.” The noninvasive Tumor Treating Fields device works by disrupting cancer cell division through low-voltage electric fields. It will be used in combination with chemotherapy and administered through the FDA’s Humanitarian Device Exemption Protocol for patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic disease. The Miami Cancer Institute has joined the West Cancer Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Oregon Health &Sciences University as the first three centers to receive approval for its use with pleural mesothelioma. More than a dozen other cancer centers around the country — some mesothelioma specialty centers — are still awaiting approval. Could Become a Game Changer The FDA first approved the use of Tumor Treating Fields in 2015 for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. It is being studied today in several other diseases, including lung, pa...
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