23 Jan 2018

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Virotherapy for Bladder Cancer with Rigvir® : Treatment Options and Application Details

Having natural oncolytic properties, the virus used in the Rigvir® medication targets and kills cancer cells exclusively.

As medical trials showed, Rigvir® does not affect the surrounding healthy tissues unlike conventional therapy may do. This is what makes people suffering from severe tumors like bladder cancer surf the web in search of the Rigvir® details.

For you to get the most essential answers, we have featured them here along with the Rigvir® side effects, treatment costs and options available.

Virotherapy Treatment for Bladder Cancer: Discovery, Side Effects, and Official State Approvals

The virotherapy potential was first examined by the Latvian oncologists and immunologists back in 1950s. As time passed, they came to the conclusion that the virus found in the kids’ digestive system had an oncolytic effect. In a word, it is a cancer killing capacity: the virus multiplies inside cancer cells and destroys them.

In 1968-2004, the Latvian medical specialists had been conducting a series of trials to uncover the Rigvir® impact on patients. As it turned out, the side effect it mainly causes is a slightly feverish temperature (up to 99.5°F/37.5°C) that returns back to normal within 3 days. Additionally, the virus proved to be safe for healthy body tissues without replicating itself.

Rigvir® does not treat all the tumors, though. Still, the list of the Rigvir® sensitive cancers includes rather dangerous diseases like melanoma, bladder, liver, prostate, and breast cancers.

Owing to its positive survival rate, Rigvir® passed the official registration in Latvia in 2004 followed by the National Health Service approval in 2011. Rigvir® was also authorized in Armenia (2016) and Georgia (2015). In 2016, its manufacturer won the Horizon 2020 grant initiated by the European Union. So the medication is supposed to be accessible for the EU patients too.

Currently, Rigvir® can be shipped to any country worldwide including the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand.

Five Medical Documents You Need to Provide to Qualify for Virotherapy Treatment for Bladder Cancer

The chart below shows the Rigvir® sensitive tumors in the descending order. Bladder cancer holds the third position, which means it is extremely virotherapy sensitive.

The column on the right features all the medical documents you should have ready in place. These reports are essential for the Latvian oncologists, since they carefully examine each case taking into account the cancer severity level.

As a rule, it takes 2-3 days for the medical team to conclude whether Rigvir® is a good fit for you or not. So the sooner you start collecting the medical reports, the faster you will get their feedback. Besides, the clinic staff speaks English fluently, so you should not bother about translating the reports.

Once the evaluation is made, you’ll get notified and if virotherapy is applicable, the medical team provides further instructions to follow. 

7-Day Inpatient Care in Latvia Followed By 3-Month Supervised Treatment in Your Home Country for EUR 7,000.00 (USD 8,240.00)

If you qualify for virotherapy for bladder cancer, you will be recommended a complex treatment package. It is a better option for you if your current condition permits to survive long flights.

Complex Start-Up Virotherapy Package covers a 7-day care in the clinic located at the Baltic Coast, followed by a 3-month outpatient treatment in your home country. The complex package cost amounts to EUR 7,000.00 (USD 8,240.00).

During your stay in the Latvian clinic, the first thing you will do is an allergy test. If it turns out that you do have an allergic reaction to the drug, the medical staff will recommend taking immunosuppressants and dividing the injection dose into two.

There, you will meet with virotherapists in person, receive their on-the-spot advice, and get psychotherapy and acupuncture treatment.

Below we described all the medical services rendered as well as some extra costs involved:

Once your inpatient treatment is over, you will get a follow-up plan. It will specify the number of the Rigvir® vials you may further need and prescribe regular blood tests to keep the treatment process under control.

When arranging your trip, please also take into account extra accomodation costs if you decide to go together with someone to support you. They are mentioned in the last paragraph on the image above.


3-Month Home-Based Care Managed by Your Personal Oncologist and Latvian Medical Team for EUR 3,100.00 (USD 3,610.00)

Remote Start-Up Virotherapy Package is a suitable option for the patients who can hardly survive the flights and still need the Rigvir® treatment. 

This package does not include a 7-day stay in the Latvian clinic, which would certainly be a more effective way to track the virotherapy effectiveness, change dose, or make immediate care adjustments.

But if all medical specialists agree that staying at home is the best choice for you, you will be advised to take up Remote Start-Up Virotherapy Package. It costs EUR 3,100.00 (USD 3,610.00) and implies that your treatment will be managed by the Latvian medical team and your local oncologist during three months.

You will get regular consultations via Skype or phone. This is to monitor how your body responds to the Rigvir® injections. More details and some additional charges are outlined below:

Rigvir® Survival Rate and Medical Journal Reviews

The Rigvir® medication was first created to treat melanoma and its derivatives. But a series of medical trials showed it increased the survival rates of the patients having stomach and rectal cancers. Sure thing, Rigvir® is not a cure-all that can erase malicious cancer once and for all. But the trial stats seem to be rather optimistic.

With over 700 patients tested (during 1968-2004), at least 400 of them had late-stage melanoma and gastric cancer and their survival rates turned to increase:

  • Melanoma patients treated with surgery and Rigvir® had a 3-year survival rate in 57-84% of cases and a 5-year survival rate in 44-66% of cases
  • Ocular melanoma patients had a 3 and 5-year survival rate in 90% and 70% of cases respectively
  • III stage stomach cancer patients had a 5-year survival rate in  47-60% of cases
  • II-IV stage rectal cancer patients had a 5-year survival rate in 71-78% of cases

And here is the Rigvir® review shared by the medical journal Melanoma Research in October 2015:

4 Things to Keep in Mind Before Your Qualify for Rigvir® Therapy

  • You must be 18 years old or older as there is no evidence that Rigvir® treats pediatric cancer.
  • Your tumor must be solid as Rigvir® doesn't treat blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
  • Your tumor must be malignant as Rigvir® treats cancer cases only.
  • Your purpose must be treatment other than prevention as Rigvir® cannot be applied as a preventive measure.

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