31 Dec 2017

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Virotherapy for Melanoma with Rigvir® : Treatment Options, Availability and Costs

Conventional methods of the melanoma cancer treatment like surgery, chemo or radiation therapy may not be enough to stop the disease.

It is true especially for its advanced phases (stages III and IV). With tumors removed, metastases may still keep spreading to the liver or other body organs. This is what makes people look for alternatives and request the Rigvir® treatment details. These are typical Rigvir-related inquiries that land in our inbox every day:

  • “Can Virotherapy replace surgery? Or do I need surgery first and then virotherapy. Please advise on treatments options, availability, costs, shipping of frozen virus”
  • “Stage 3C Melanoma. Have been told to watch and wait is my only option. I don't like that option! I am looking outside the box and Rigvir® is sounding like it could be an option for me. I need to know the realistic cost and length of treatment required.”
  • “After initial treatment does the patient take the Rigvir® vials home with them for continued treatment and what is the cost per vial?”


Brief History Of Virotherapy For Melanoma: From Its Discovery In 1950s To Registration In 4 Countries

Rigvir® was first discovered in the 1950s by Aina Muceniece, a microbiologist and immunologist, as a virotherapy for melanoma. The team of immunologists, oncologists, and virotherapists have been exploring the potential of virotherapy since 1960.

Since then, the medication has been carefully researched and the medical experts concluded that it is able to cure not only eye melanoma and skin cancer, but also colon and kidney cancer, various types of sarcomas, bladder cancer and more (see the full list of Rigvir®-sensitive tumors in the next paragraph).

The virus that became the basis for Rigvir® stems from the children’s digestive system. Numerous studies have proved that it has an oncolytic (fighting cancer) effect. Put simply, the naturally occuring virus infects and kills cancer cells by multiplying inside them without damaging the healthy tissues around the malignancy.

The clinical trials proved that its only side effect is a slight increase in temperature (up to 37.5°C or 99.5°F). The virus does not replicate itself and can be safely combined with traditional treatments  such as chemo, radio, and surgery.

For the first time it was registered in 2004 in Latvia. Thanks to its positive impact on patients’ survival rates, Rigvir® was also approved by the state authorities of Georgia (2015) and Armenia (2016). In 2016, the Rigvir® manufacturer was given a Horizon 2020 grant, the biggest European Union research and innovation funding program. This is to ensure Rigvir® will soon be widely available for the EU patients too. One of the latest news is that Rigvir® is also recognized as a treatment by the government of Uzbekistan.

For you to get answers about the Rigvir® stats, its availability, length of treatment required, and costs involved, we have outlined all the essentials here. Let’s proceed with the main Rigvir® facts.

What Five Medical Files to Submit to Qualify for Virotherapy Treatment for Melanoma with Rigvir®

First of all, you need to make sure the Rigvir® therapy is applicable for your cancer type. A range of clinical research has been conducted to prove that Rigvir® can successfully fight melanoma.

Melanoma Research, a peer-reviewed medical journal, published the following in October 2015 issue:

“An oncolytic, nonpathogenic ECHO-7 virus adapted for melanoma that has not been genetically modified (Rigvir®) is approved and registered for virotherapy, an active and specific immunotherapy, in Latvia since 2004… These results indicate that the patients treated with Rigvir® had a 4.39–6.57-fold lower mortality than those under observation… In conclusion, Rigvir® significantly prolongs survival in early-stage melanoma patients without any side effect”.

But to make sure virotherapy for melanoma can work specifically in your case, the medical team from Germany, where you can be invited for treatment, has to look into your medical documents.

The entire list looks as follows:

  • Biopsy (or pathology) report

  • Cytology report CBC (complete blood count) + WBC (white blood cells) not older than 2 weeks

  • Blood biochemistry incl. ALT (alanine aminotransferase), creatinine, etc.

  • Radiology reports (actual images are not needed)

Upon the receipt of your request, the board of oncologists in the German clinic will evaluate the case free of charge and email you back within two-three days. The response will include a medical statement specifying whether Rigvir® is a suitable option for you or not.

The document preparation may take from a few days to a month. So the sooner you start collecting the files, the quicker you will get the medical statement. Besides, there is no need to spend extra time translating them, since the medical personnel and patient coordinators are fluent English speakers.

Once you have managed to collect them all, please, press the red button to upload them. Only the doctors will take a look at them. Your privacy is of the highest priority for us.

“Wait, You’ve Told That Rigvir® Is Registered In 4 Countries. So Why Should I Visit GermanyFor Virotherapy For Melanoma?”

It’s a logical question that could arise in your head if you’re reading the article carefully. Indeed, Rigvir® is registered in 4 countries, but other ones (for instance, the UK, the USA, Germany) can also provide this treatment in legal manner. Among others, Germany stands out because:

  • Since 2000, a clinic in Brannenburg, Germany, has gained a lot of knowledge and experience, that helped it to treat more than 3,000 patients from that time

  • The clinic is located in a small village, surrounded by forest, and reminds a resort. Here you can treat not only your body, but also mind, as well as just relax

  • Holistic approach is provided by the medical team: virotherapy can be combined with detox, acupuncture, naturopathic complex program, pain-relieving thermotherapy etc. to make sure you’re getting the most from your visit to Germany.

  • Care and support. The clinic’s management believes that people are the heart of everything. That’s why medical and administrative personnel is attentive to details, empathetic and careful. No needs or desires will be ignored or neglected. And all of them speak English fluently.

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Virotherapy For Melanoma Treatment Package Includes Rigvir® Injections, Tailor-Made Meals, Nice Accommodation And Lots Of Additional Therapies For 6,000 EUR

As we’ve mentioned before, your therapy in Germany is not limited to Rigvir® only. 7-day stay includes:

  • Daily consultations with cancer specialists

  • Accommodation at the clinic

  • Tests whether you’re not allergic to Rigvir® + Rigvir® injections

  • 24/7 patient care by medical and administrative team who speak English

  • Additional therapies:

    • Acupuncture — needle therapy to activate your blood flow

    • Detox — process of purification of your body by eating organic healthy food with vitamins and minerals

    • Naturopathic complex program includes detox and physiotherapy: lymph drainage, massages, magnetic therapy etc.

    • Thermotherapy — putting the warm objects to the source of pain to make you feel relief.

The cost of the program is 6,000 EUR (6,670 USD). When planning your round trip, please also consider the ticket costs for you and someone who can accompany you. Booking them in advance may help save you a lot. 

Should you still have questions related to the Rigvir®virotherapy for melanoma in German, hit the button below to send your request and we will reply within the next 24 hours or even earlier.