21 Dec 2017

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FAQs About Cancer Virotherapy in Canada: How It Works, How to Get It, and How Much It Costs

Is Rigvir® able to cure my type of cancer? Can I apply it as the only method or together with chemo? What are its side effects? Is Rigvir® registered in Canada?

Here you’ll find the answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from Canadian citizens.

What is Rigvir®?

Riga virus (Rigvir®) is the basis of virotherapy, cancer treatment method that relies on using oncolytic (anti-cancer) non-pathogenic (doesn’t cause other diseases) virus to help get your organism rid of malignant cells.

Who and when invented Rigvir®?

A Latvian prof. Aina Muceniece conducted research in 1950-60s and managed to invent Rigvir®. It was originally found in babies organisms.

How does it actually work?

Rigvir® is stored in cooled vials to be injected into your muscle. Once there, the vaccine scans your body cells to find the malignant ones. Then the process of oncotropism takes place - the virus penetrates into the cancer cells and destroys them from the inside.

Will Rigvir® work on my type of cancer?

Originally, Rigvir® was invented to fight melanoma. Further research showed its effectiveness while beating other solid tumours, but leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma still resist the virus. You can find the full list of cancer types responsive to Rigvir® below.

Ok, what about the side effects?

Usually, Rigvir® doesn’t cause any side effects. Sometimes, you may face drowsiness, fatigue and slight body temperature increase up to 37.5°C or 99.5°F. This is because the medicine triggers your immune system to fight the virus who fights your cancer.

Is there any research proving the efficacy of the virotherapy?

Yes. The results of numerous clinical trials have been published in a number of peer-reviewed medical journals. The recent one is from APMIS (Acta pathologica, microbiologica, et immunologica Scandinavica) published in July 2016:


Another specialized medical peer-reviewed journal Melanoma Research specifies that Rigvir® can reduce mortality of cancer patients in 4-6 times:


Where is Rigvir® registered?

Latvia was the first country to register Rigvir® in 2004, followed by Georgia and Armenia in 2015 and 2016 accordingly. Moreover, to make Rigvir® more accessible, it was provided with Horizon 2020 grant (the biggest European Commission research and innovation funding program). Because all the effort is focused on making Rigvir® available for wider European audience, the medicine hasn’t yet been registered outside Europe.

Is it possible to get Rigvir® injections in Canada?

Yes. First, you must qualify for the Rigvir® therapy to see if you can benefit from the treatment. The initial review of your case is free of charge and normally takes no more than 72 hours after you submit all the needed medical documents. If you are in a hurry, click the button below and we’ll get back to you within 24 hrs with more details about the applying process.

Have Your Medical Files Assessed by the Team of Latvian Oncologists Within 72 Hours to Get Virotherapy in Canada

Rigvir® can significantly help shrink tumors. To find out whether your diagnosis is Rigvir®-sensitive, please choose your type of cancer in the left column (Step 1) and start collecting the medical files you will need to submit for your free case evaluation (Step 2).


Our experience shows that you might need over a week to gather all medical documents. Our advice is to start collecting them as soon as possible. Don’t worry about translating the files into Latvian - the medical team speaks English fluently. This is another reason why your case evaluation takes only up to three business days.

You will receive the answer from the support agent in any case - whether you’re eligible for the program or not. If you’re admitted, you’ll also get the necessary guidelines to start the treatment. The major Rigvir® therapy package includes the following:

Good news is that as a Canadian citizen you don’t have to worry about a visa to Latvia. As for the flight, it takes around 33 hours to get from Toronto to Riga by air. A one-way ticket costs CAD 510.00 ($400.00) if you purchase it one week beforehand. Flying from Ottawa to Riga takes more time (around 37 hours) and costs CAD 656.00 ($515.00).

Got more questions? Please click the button below to learn if you can benefit from Rigvir® and we will get back to you within the next 24 hours.