In the last year, many people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have been treated using a novel protocol called Optune Lua. The medical device uses low frequency electrical fields to interrupt the division of cancer cells within tumors, thus slowing the progression of the disease. Though the tumor-treating-fields product is not yet available through the Veterans Affairs medical system, veterans who are candidates for this treatment may be able to access it through one of the other sites offering it as a result of the non-VA care policy that permits specialized treatment from outside of the VA system.
Though non-VA care, veterans with mesothelioma are able to request preauthorization for specialized treatment closer to home or not available through the Department of VA facilities. The Optune Lua treatment is offered in specific cancer treatment centers across the country, but is not yet available through the VA. Still, with the positive outcomes that are being seen from the product’s use, it seems a natural fit for the non-VA program.
The device is not limited to malignant mesothelioma in its applications. It is currently approved for and being used to treat a wide range of cancers, and its effectiveness is being tested for others. It is a noninvasive treatment that is portable. The backpack size of the device makes it extremely convenient, allowing patients to take the product home and carry it with them for use. The electrical fields are delivered through adhesive patches attached to the skin. They leave healthy cells undisturbed and the product’s adverse effects are largely limited to mild-to-moderate skin irritation.
If you or someone you love is a veteran diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and you would like more information on accessing medical treatments like Optune Lua or any of the other resources available to you, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.