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Phytomedicine. 2013 Feb 15;20(3-4):324-7. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2012.11.001.

Durable response of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma following high-dose peri-lesional injections of Viscum album extracts--a case report.

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Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Freiburg, Germany. paul.werthmann@ifaemm.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC) is a common locally invasive skin cancer which rarely metastasises. First-line treatment is surgical excision, which is curative in most cases. Viscum album extract (VAE) is a widely used herbal cancer treatment with cytotoxic, apoptogenic and immunological effects, but has not been investigated in CSCC.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 78-year-old patient with histologically diagnosed CSCC refused surgical excision and was treated with peri-lesional high-dose VAE. After 10 months of treatment the CSCC had disappeared clinically. The patient has been recurrence-free for 4 years.

CONCLUSION:

The presented case shows clinical response of a CSCC to high-dose peri-lesional VAE injections. Further research on VAE in CSCC is warranted.

PMID:
23394841
DOI:
10.1016/j.phymed.2012.11.001
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