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Mistletoe Improves Overall Survival

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August 17 2013

Posted in: Research,

RESEARCH: Mistletoe Improves Overall Cancer Survival.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND
OICC Executive Director.

A recent study published in the European Journal of Cancer, a well respected peer reviewed journal, found that the use of subcutaneous mistletoe injections had a significant effect on overall survival amongst a group of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Within different subsets of patients with varying prognoses, the overall survival for patients was nearly doubled for those given mistletoe compared to those who did not.

Importantly these results come from a controlled clinical trial wherein patients were randomized to treatment with mistletoe or no mistletoe. The findings are based on an interim analysis of over 200 patients due to the strength of the results which is significant in and of itself.

While we believe more evidence is required, the use of mistletoe therapy is one of the therapies offered at the OICC and in certain cases (including for patients with pancreatic and other forms of cancer), our clinicians believe that this can provide real benefit to patients in terms of quality of life and also potentially extension of life.


Tröger W, Galun D, Reif M, Schumann A, Stanković N, Milićević M. Viscum album [L.] extract therapy in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer: A randomised clinical trial on overall survival. Eur J Cancer. 2013 Jul 24.

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