Rigvir® for Breast Cancer: Overview, Mode of Action, and Application Process
One of the recipes to fight breast cancer is to approach virotherapy, which is mainly based on an oncolytic nonpathogenic virus ECHO-7. The drug was discovered in 1950-60s in Riga, Latvia and therefore became known as Rigvir®, short from Riga virus.
Breast cancer is one of the areas where Rigvir has demonstrated its efficacy
Since its invention, numerous clinical tests have been conducted showing that Rigvir® is able to destroy certain cancer cells. Melanoma patients were the first ones to benefit from the treatment. On top of that, over the years research on Rigvir® has also demonstrated its capacity to fight:
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Breast cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Sarcomas (leiomyosarcoma, reticulosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, and angiosarcoma)
- Neuroendocrine tumors
Rigvir® is stored in vials in cold environments. After the drug gets injected into the muscle, it then quickly identifies cancer cells, penetrates into them, and destroys them from the inside. Unlike other types of treatment, virotherapy doesn’t affect healthy cells that surround the tumor. A slight increase in body temperature lasting up to 3 days has been registered as the only side effect of Rigvir® so far.
Virotherapy for Breast Cancer: Application Process
Remember that your case of breast cancer has to be studied individually. You can receive a personalized plan for Rigvir® treatment after oncologists from Global Virotherapy Cancer Clinic carry out free case evaluation. To perform the assessment of your health condition they will request the following medical documents:
- Recent full blood count (maximum standing of 2 weeks) with White Blood Cells (WBC) indicated
- Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – some radiological documents
- Histopathological and cytological records
- Biochemical analyses for creatinine, alanine transferase (ALT).
Normally, the evaluation process of breast cancer cases takes up to three business days after which the patient coordinator informs you whether you qualify for Rigvir® therapy and provides further step-by-step instructions.
There are three virotherapy packages which differ in durability, the number of services, and cost:
- 7-day Complex Virotherapy Service Package
- Remote Follow-up Package
- Onsite Follow-up Package
A Complex Virotherapy Service Package lasts one week, beginning on Saturday or Sunday, when you arrive in Latvia. The English-speaking driver meets you at the airport and transfers to the Global Virotherapy Cancer Clinic. There you’ll be tested whether you are allergic to Rigvir®. The treatment process starts with the non-stop engagement of oncologist, immunologist, and other medical and administrative personnel. The package includes:
- Daily consultations with you oncologist
- 3 Rigvir® injections
- 24/7 support
- Personalized nutrition plan
- Comfortable accommodation (standard or superior)
- Several sessions with acupuncture specialist, physiotherapist, psychologist, art therapist etc.
7-day Complex Virotherapy Service Package cost depends on accommodation you choose. In case of a standard room, the price is EUR 7,000. A superior room offers benefits of personal terrace, Jacuzzi, and sauna. It costs EUR 10,000.
After completing the package at the end of the week, you receive a 3-month virotherapy follow-up program. It includes recommendations of your oncologist on the number of Rigvir® vials you should take during the next three months (up to 11 Rigvir® vials that are purchased separately), nutrition plan, etc.
When you have completed Complex Virotherapy Service Package (7 days in Latvia + three months at home) you might need to continue your virotherapy treatment choosing between remote and on-site follow-ups package.
If you opt for Remote Follow-Up Package, oncologists evaluate your progress based on your previous treatment and discuss your future therapy plan during a half an hour Skype chat. You also benefit from monthly support and individual nutrition plan. Remote Follow-Up Package costs EUR 2,100 excluding the cost of Rigvir® vials.
Alternatively to the remote follow-ups, you may choose to visit Latvia once again for On-site Follow-up Package which lasts 3 days at the clinic, costs EUR 3,000, and includes:
- Assessment of the previous therapy outcomes
- Personal 3-month treatment plan and monitoring of its implementation
- Nutrition plan
- One session with art therapist, psychologist, physiotherapist or acupuncture specialist upon your choice.
If you would like to find out whether you or the one your love qualifies for Rigvir® therapy, please choose one of the options below and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours (usually sooner).