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Novocure Announces 20 Presentations On Tumor Treating Fields, Highlighting Preclinical Effects in Pancreatic Cancer and Immune Effects, at American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2024

Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today announced 20 presentations on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) therapy will be delivered at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2024, to be held April 5 to 10 in San Diego.

The presentations, describing preclinical investigations, include new insights on how TTFields therapy can potentially enhance the immune system’s ability to combat cancer cells and on TTFields therapy’s effects and mechanisms in pancreatic cancer.

“The research we and our collaborators are presenting at the AACR Annual Meeting underscores the potential of Tumor Treating Fields therapy in treating various solid tumor types,” said Moshe Giladi, Ph.D., Novocure’s Chief Science Officer. “We continually explore the science of TTFields therapy to improve our product and make a difference in the lives of patients with cancer, and we are eager to discuss some of our latest insights with leading cancer investigators.”

Highlights include:

  • A preclinical study in a murine model of pancreatic cancer showing that TTFields applied concurrently with standard chemotherapy led to significantly enhanced therapeutic effects. When used alongside gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel (Gem/NabP), TTFields significantly reduced tumor growth compared to the control group, and a complete regression of tumors was observed in a number of animals. This is a treatment regimen similar to the PANOVA-3 clinical trial examining the efficacy of TTFields in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.
  • A preclinical study demonstrating a novel immunomodulatory role for TTFields by promoting in vitro pro-inflammatory polarization of macrophages. Macrophages exposed to TTFields showed an increase in markers and chemicals that indicate a shift towards a pro-inflammatory, tumor-fighting mode. The study suggests TTFields can potentially modulate macrophages to better attack cancer cells by pushing them toward a state more hostile to tumors.
  • An in vitro study suggesting concomitant application of TTFields and PARP inhibitors in BRCA wild type pancreatic cancer cells leads to improvement over monotherapy. Applied individually, both PARP inhibitors and TTFields killed cancer cells, stopped them from multiplying, and triggered apoptosis. These effects were amplified when TTFields and PARP inhibitors were applied together. These findings contribute to existing data suggesting that TTFields induce a state of BRCAness in cancer cells.

Presentations from Novocure-sponsored and partner programs include:

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) targeted self assembling nanoparticles for pancreatic cancer treatment: In vitro and in vivo assessment. Presenter: P.P. Desai. 1:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 7.

Tumor Treating Fields induce the integrated stress response, alter the transcriptional signatures of cellular metabolism, and modulate immune-related cytokines dependent and independent of p53. Presenter: P.R. Srinivasan. 1:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 7.

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) disrupt cancer cell invasion by impacting cell-ECM traction forces. Presenter: S.M. Short. 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, April 8.

N-cadherin-mediated activation of PI3K/Akt pathway following application of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields). Presenter: T. Voloshin. 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, April 8.

Genomic and proteomic analysis of glioblastoma recurrences during TTFields exposure. Presenter: M. Mazzanti. 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, April 8.

Co-treatment with KRAS G12D inhibitor MRTX1133 plus TTFields against human pancreatic and Colorectal cancer cell lines results in synergistic up-regulation of cleaved PARP in KRAS G12D & unexpectedly in KRAS G12V as well. Presenter: V. Tajiknia. 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, April 8.

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) for spinal metastasis: Clinical trial concept for use of conductive implants as waveguides to enhance TTFields strength. Presenter: C.E. Tatsui. 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, April 8.

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) increase cancer cell membrane permeability and improve sensitivity to doxorubicin in vitro and in vivo. Presenter: T. Voloshin. 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 9.

Development of paclitaxel-loaded nanoparticles with high charge density. Presenter: K.Y. Bang. 1:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 9.

Tumor Treating Fields alter PDGFR-β localization in immortalized human pericytes in an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier. Presenter: C. Hagemann. 1:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 9.

Designing arrays for delivering Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) to the mouse head. Presenter: I Tzchori. 1:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 9.

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) induce an anti-tumor immune response in a pancreatic cancer mouse model. Presenter: T. Voloshin. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Macrophage pro-inflammatory phenotype skewing by the application of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields). Presenter: T. Voloshin. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Quantitative proteomics reveal the mechanism of TTFields therapy for glioblastoma. Presenter: Q. Mei. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Treatment of pancreatic cancer cells with Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) and PARP inhibitors. Presenter: E. Dor-On. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Preclinical effects of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) with PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer. Presenter: E. Dor-On. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Preclinical investigations of concomitant Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) with cisplatin for treatment of cervical cancer. Presenter: I. Tzschori. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) can induce immunogenic cell death in GBM resulting in enhanced immune modulation. Presenter: R.T. Nitta. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) show efficacy in Triple-Negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells alone and in combination with PARP inhibitor Talazoparib. Presenter: M. Ghandali. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.

TTFields and imipridone ONC206 co-treatment inhibits p-AKT and spheroid growth and upregulates caspase-10 in human GBM cell lines. Presenter: V. Tajiknia. 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 10.


Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are electric fields that exert physical forces to kill cancer cells via a variety of mechanisms. TTFields do not significantly affect healthy cells because they have different properties (including division rate, morphology, and electrical properties) than cancer cells. The multiple, distinct mechanisms of TTFields therapy work together to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Due to its multimechanistic actions, TTFields therapy can be added to cancer treatment modalities in approved indications and demonstrates enhanced effects across solid tumor types when used with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immune checkpoint inhibition, or PARP inhibition in preclinical models. TTFields therapy provides clinical versatility that has the potential to help address treatment challenges across a range of solid tumors. To learn more about Tumor Treating Fields therapy and its multifaceted effect on cancer cells, visit


Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer through the development and commercialization of its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields. Novocure’s commercialized products are approved in certain countries for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma, malignant pleural mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical studies investigating Tumor Treating Fields in brain metastases, gastric cancer, glioblastoma, liver cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer.

Headquartered in Root, Switzerland and with a growing global footprint, Novocure has regional operating centers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Tokyo, as well as a research center in Haifa, Israel. For additional information about the company, please visit and follow @Novocure on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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