1 Feb 2018

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Cancer Virotherapy in Australia: Rigvir® Sensitive Tumors, Side Effects, Reports to Submit, and Cost Estimates

Every day we receive a lot of emails from patients from Australia diagnosed with different types of cancer asking:

  • Can I benefit from virotherapy in Australia without leaving the country? Is it possible to administer Rigvir® at home?

  • Doctor said my biopsy was positive for cancer cells. How much will Rigvir® cost and how long is the treatment?

  • PET/CT scanning revealed metastases. Will Rigvir® help?

If you have similar questions, welcome on board. The purpose of the article is to increase awareness among Australians about virotherapy and how to get access to it. 

How Rigvir® works? Rigvir® derives from Riga virus, which is able to focus on malignant cells in your body and destroy them. Such means of cancer treatment was invented in Latvia more than a half century ago. When Rigvir® is administered into your muscle, the virus then travels through your body in search of cancer cells. Once the malignancy is detected, the vaccine attacks the tumor from the inside.

What are its side effects? Because Rigvir® is programmed to affect only malignancies leaving surrounding tissues undamaged, the most common side effects associated with cancer treatment such as hair loss, weight loss, or nausea fall behind. Patients normally report fatigue and drowsiness. More rarely — slight temperature rise up to  37.5°C / 99.5°F that lasts up to three days. This is explained by the fact that Rigvir® mobilizes your immune system to fight the disease.

Is Rigvir® registered in Australia? Not yet and here’s why. Rigvir® was first registered in Latvia in 2004 followed by Georgia in 2015 and Armenia in 2016. The manufacturer of Rigvir® received “Horizon 2020” grant (the EU funding program) to enter the European market of pharmaceuticals. Nowadays, Germany is a prioritized medical destination among cancer patients willing to get virotherapy. Why?

  1. Deep knowledge and vast experience. The clinic in Germany they we refer to, was established in 2000, and since then has gained reputation of professionals who know how to make virotherapy work for you.

  2. 3000+ of saved lives. Since its foundation 19 years ago, the clinic helped more than 3 thousand patients to overcome cancer.

  3. Holistic approach. The clinic’s specialists combine virotherapy with other methods to increase chances of successful treatment. What therapies are offered to you when having virotherapy? We’ll cover it later in this article.

  4. Vacation rather than hospital treatment. The clinic is located in a magnificent town of Brannenburg. It reminds more the countryside rather than a classy hospital. It was designed this way to take care of your emotional state. The medical team wants you to recover and have a rest, not to think of your disease.

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Do you want to qualify for Rigvir® therapy? You can do it now — from home and at no cost.

Your Guide to Virotherapy in Australia: Rigvir® Focuses on Solid Tumours in 18+ Patients And Can’t Be Used Preventively

Before we go through the list of tumors vulnerable to Rigvir®, there is a number of requirements for each applicant willing to qualify for virotherapy.

  1. You must be 18+ years old because all clinical trials with Rigvir® were carried out on adults only.

  2. Your malignancy must be solid because there’s no clinical experience proving that Rigvir® can help fight blood cancer (i. e. myeloma, leukemia, or lymphoma)

  3. You must have a confirmed cancer diagnosis because Rigvir® cannot be applied for preventive purposes.

As promised, in the left column you’ll find the list of Rigvir® sensitive cancer types in the descending order (Step 1) with melanoma being the most vulnerable diagnosis. In the right column (Step 2) you can see the list of medical files that you should collect to qualify for the therapy. A team of German professionals (an oncologist, immunologist, and a virotherapist) will examine your files to see whether Rigvir® can help in your case.

Though virotherapy was originally used to fight melanoma, now the list includes bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and colorectal cancer. This is because a range of clinical trials proved the Rigvir® efficacy on these oncological types and therefore can be prescribed off-label. 

The initial review of your case is carried out free of charge. The only thing you should do after providing all the documents is wait 48–72 hours to receive approval or disapproval for further treatment. The sooner you start collecting the files, the sooner evaluation begins. And don’t worry about the translation — the German doctors speak English fluently.

Unless There Is Virotherapy in Australia, You Can Visit The German Clinic For 7 Days To Have Rigvir® Injections and Other Therapies

If the oncologist in Germany approve your case for Rigvir® therapy, you may opt for inpatient 7-day Package in Germany. It implies that you smartly plan your trip.The flight time from Canberra to Munich can take around 30 hours while the cost of the flight ticket starts from 1026.00 AUD if booked one month beforehand. When you land at Munich International Airport, the English-speaking driver will meet you with an airport welcome sign and get you directly to the clinic. The transfer takes around 1,5 hours.

Undergoing virotherapy in Germany means:

  1. You’ll have daily consultations with the doctors, who will track how well your body responses to Rigvir® and adjust the dosage and treatment plan immediately if needed.

  2. The specialists with 10+ years of practical experience with Rigvir® will take care of you at all stages of your therapy.

  3. You will live in a cosy accommodation with daily meals provided in accordance with your nutritionist’s recommendations.

  4. To enhance the effectiveness of the therapy, you can have additional ones:

Buserelin therapy will help you to fight prostate and breast cancer as it’s hormone-based drug designed to normalize the hormones in your body.

If you feel pain and want to get relief, the doctors can recommend you hyperthermia or thermotherapy to reduce pain with the help of warm/hot objects like blanket and so on.

To operate the tumour, you can consider minimally-invasive surgery as a possible option. It differs from the classical surgery by the size and number of cuts: when they are smaller and the quantity is also reduced, your organism recovers more rapidly.

If the results of your analyses show that your body is harmed with some compounds, the German team can offer you detox to purify the organism with specially designed food and physical activities.

And it’s not the whole list of additional treatments you can be offered! To find out more, click the button below, we’ll respond within 24 hours.

Rigvir® Therapy In Numbers: Proven Effectiveness In Fighting Melanoma, Eye Melanoma, Stomach and Rectal Cancer

Since the 1970s, numerous clinical trials have been conducted to see how well patients respond to Rigvir® treatment. The results showed that:

  • The 3-year survival rate in post-surgery melanoma patients was 46–58%, while melanoma patients who combined surgery and Rigvir® had the 3-year survival rate of 57–84% and a 5-year survival rate of 44–66%.

  • 90% and 70% are three-year and five-year survival rates of eye melanoma patients, accordingly.

  • Patients diagnosed with stage 3 stomach cancer had 5-year survival rate of 24–33%, if treated with surgery, while virotherapy patients had 47–60% survival rate.

  • As for stage II–IV rectal cancer patients, 5-year post-surgery survival rate constituted 41–68%, compared to  71–78% for Rigvir® patients.


Chances are you still have questions such about the statistics related to your diagnosis or where to submit your medical files. Please click the button below and we will get back to you within the first 24 hours. 

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