Modelling Tumor Treating Fields for the treatment of lung-based tumors

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2015;2015:6888-91. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319976.


Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields), low-intensity electric fields in the frequency range of 100-500 kHz, exhibit antimitotic activity in cancer cells. TTFields were approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma in 2011. Preclinical evidence and pilot studies suggest that TTFields could be effective for treating certain types of lung cancer, and that treatment efficacy depends on the electric field intensity. To optimize TTFields delivery to the lungs, it is important to understand how TTFields distribute within the chest. Here we present simulations showing how TTFields are distributed in the thorax and torso, and demonstrate how the electric field distribution within the body can be controlled by personalizing the layout of the arrays used to deliver the field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy*
  • Electricity
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Transducers
  • United States