Oncology

5 Sep 2017

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Rigvir®-Sensitive Tumors, Medical Files You Should Collect, And Package Prices

“Can I have Rigvir® administered at home and do remote consultations with your oncologist?”
 
“I’m looking for alternative medicine because chemo didn’t help.”
 

“My mother has just been through a PET/CT scanning, which showed several metastases in her liver. Can you help her?”

Such emails from the UK patients land in our mailboxes on daily basis. And while Cancer Research UK website shows 0 results if you enter “Rigvir”, we decided to crystallize your choices. All in one article.

Rigvir® was registered in 2004 in Latvia as an anti-cancer virus with almost no side effects. In 2016, the drug received Horizon 2020 grant (the European Commission funding programme) to be approved by European Medicines Agency and brought from the clinic to the market. For that reason, approval by MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) is currently staying out of focus. Consequently, to date you cannot find Rigvir® in pharmacies or NHS hospitals.

The good news is you can still qualify for Rigvir® cancer therapy residing in the UK and here’s your step-by-step instruction. (If you have no time to read the full article, fill in the form on the right and we’ll get back to you in 24 hours with all the details about Rigvir® cancer therapy.)

Collect These 5 Medical Files Today To Qualify For Rigvir® Cancer Treatment From The UK

Step 1. Whether you inquire about yourself or the one you love, look through the list of cancer types below. Technically, Rigvir® has been registered to treat only melanoma. However, for other cancer cases the drug was prescribed off-label (use of unlicensed medicine to meet patient’s needs) and proved effective through clinical experience.

IMPORTANT: Rigvir® can treat solid tumors only and therefore cannot be applied on liquid malignancies such as myeloma, lymphoma, and leukemia. Also, it has limited clinical experience related to glioblastoma, bone cancer, gallbladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and a few other types. Another restriction is that Rigvir® can only be used to treat individuals aged 18+.

Step 2. If you find your diagnosis in the left column, start collecting your medical documentation specified in the right column. This is absolutely necessary for the oncologist, virotherapist, and immunologist in Latvia to evaluate your case free of charge and inform you whether you are eligible for the Rigvir® cancer therapy.

 

We are well aware that collecting medical documentation may take time. Unfortunately, most patients contacting us from the UK have to wait a few weeks before they receive all the reports.

But we’ve got two good things to share. First, you won’t have to translate the files as the oncologists in Latvia speak English fluently. Second, once you submit the listed above medical reports, it takes up to 3 business days for the medical team to email you their decision about your eligibility for Rigvir® cancer therapy.

If You Get Approved For Rigvir® Treatment From The UK, You Can Fly To Latvia For A Week Or Stay Home

If based on your medical files your tumor turns out to be sensitive to Rigvir® backed by sufficient clinical experience, you will get approved for Rigvir® cancer therapy. (If the answer is no, you will be immediately informed about it as well).

At this point, you may either choose to travel to Latvia or stay in the UK. And no matter how appealing the second option may seem, let’s see why leaving your home for a few days is more advisable. And then we’ll discuss the home-based therapy.

The team of an oncologist, immunologist, and virotherapist recommends you to start your week-long inpatient Rigvir® cancer therapy in Latvia as opposed to the UK for a number of reasons.

  • From the start, it is easier to track how well your tumor responds to Rigvir® vials face-to-face and adjust your treatment in a timely manner. The Chief Oncologist of the Health Ministry of Latvia with over 30 years of experience often participates in the decision-making.
  • Virotherapists in Latvia have been working with patients since 1960s. This means your inpatient Rigvir® cancer treatment will be based on the practical half-century expertise which is hard to find in other countries.
  • During your 7-day inpatient treatment, you’ll do daily consultations with your oncologist and immunologist. You will also receive advice from a nutritionist, physiotherapist, and psychologist as well as a 3-month home-based virotherapy program.
  • Flight time from the UK to Latvia is 2,5-3 hours, making a 7-day therapy a viable choice. For instance, WizzAir offers return tickets from London to Riga for £86. You can also find similar flights with Ryanair and airBaltic for £114 and £179 accordingly.

But what if you’d rather stay home?

Remote Rigvir® cancer therapy can be prescribed on a very rare occasion. Specifically, when surviving the flight may affect the patient’s condition or there are other well-reasoned explanations. This is especially true for those living in such distant from Latvia places like Australia or both Americas.

Nadine (the UK) with metastasized malignant melanoma since 1999: “Virotherapy is non-toxic.”* 

Here’s a video testimonial from a survivor diagnosed with metastasized malignant melanoma since 1999. She shares her recent Rigvir® experience talking about her previous treatments, drug safety, and what it’s like to be a patient in the UK.

*Results may vary.

If you get approved for Rigvir® treatment from the UK, a 7-day Complex Start-Up Virotherapy Package for €7,000 (around £6,190) in Latvia is what most UK patients start their Rigvir® cancer treatment with. You arrive on the weekend to start your program on Monday including 3 Rigvir® injections and the 3-month follow-up plan.

Let’s take a closer look at the inpatient virotherapy option:

If you get approved for Rigvir® treatment from the UK but the trip to Latvia may jeopardize your health, you’ll be offered Remote Start-Up Virotherapy Package for 3,100 (around £2,745). In this case you will have to bring into contact your local oncologist and the one in Latvia.

Here’s the outpatient virotherapy option:

3 Things About Rigvir® Safety You Probably Didn’t Know About

An increasing interest of local and cross-border patients in Rigvir® makes Latvian virotherapists focus thoroughly and unequivocally on the drug safety. Rigvir® continues to be extensively researched but here are three science-backed features you should know about the drug:

  1. Besides fatigue and sleepiness, the only side effect of Rigvir® discovered since 1948 has been a slight increase of body temperature to 37.5°C that lasted three days.
  2. Rigvir® is non-pathogenic. This means it targets only malignant cells leaving healthy ones untouched.
  3. Rigvir® can be safely combined with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

So, if you or the one you love would like to qualify for Rigvir® treatment from the UK, please choose one of the options under the List of References so we can contact you within 24 hours with step-by-step instructions (but usually much sooner).


List of References

  1. Brūvere, R., O., Heisele A. Ferdats, A. Rupais, and A. Muceniece, Echovirus-mediated biotherapy for malignant tumours: 40 years of investigation. Acta medica Lituanica, 2002. Suppl. 9: p. 97-100.
  2. “Adapted ECHO-7 Virus RigVir Immunotherapy (oncolytic Virotherapy) Prolongs Survival in Melanoma Patients after Surgical Excision of the Tumour in a Retrospective Study.” Doniņa, Simona; Strēle, Ieva; Proboka, Guna; Auziņš, Jurgis; Alberts, Pēteris; Jonsson, Björn; Venskus, Dite; Muceniece, Aina. Melanoma Research: October 2015 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 421–426.
  3. Alberts, P., E. Olmane, L. Brokāne, Z. Krastiņa, M. Romanovska, K. Kupčs, S. Isajevs, G. Proboka, R. Erdmanis, J. Nazarovs, and D. Venskus, Long-term treatment with the oncolytic ECHO-7 virus Rigvir of a melanoma stage IV M1c patient, a small cell lung cancer stage IIIA patient, and a histiocytic sarcoma stage IV patient-three case reports. APMIS, 2016. 124(10): p. 896-904.