Table 2. Use of Other Mistletoe Products in Cancer Treatment: Clinical Reports Describing Therapeutic Endpointsa
|Reference Citation(s)||Type of Study||Product Tested||Type(s) of Cancer||No. of Patients: Enrolled; Treated; Controlb||Strongest Benefit Reportedc||Concurrent Therapyd||Level of Evidence Scoree|
|||Randomized trial||Eurixor||Bladder, noninvasive||45; 23; 22||None||No||1iiDi|
|[1,33]||Randomized trial||Eurixor||Brain, glioma; 74% of patients, stages III–IV; 26% of patients, no stage information||47; 20; 18||Improved survival, stages III–IV patients only||Yes||1iiA|
|[45,46]||Randomized trial||Eurixor||Colorectal, metastatic||107; 38; 41||Improved quality of life||Yes||1iiA|
|||Randomized trial||Eurixor||Head and neck, squamous cell, stages I–IV||495; 235f; 242f||None||Yesf||1iiA|
|||Randomized trial||Helixor||Breast, stages I–III||692; 192; 274||Improved survival||Yes||1iiA|
|||Randomized trial||Helixor||Colorectal, metastatic||60; 20; 20||Improved mean survival||Yes||1iiA|
|||Randomized controlled trial||PS76A (Lektin)||Breast||352; 176; 176||Improved quality of life||Yes||1iC|
|||Randomized trial||Isorel||Colorectal||64; 50; 14||Improved survival and tolerance to either adjuvant or palliative treatment||Yes||1iiA|
|||Nonrandomized controlled trial||Isorel||Digestive tract||70; 40; 30||Enhanced cellular immunity and improved quality of life||No||2C|
|||Nonrandomized controlled trial||abnobaVISCUM Quercus||Metastatic colorectal||25; 25; none||None||Yes||2Diii|
|||Nonrandomized controlled trial||Viscum fraxini-2||Hepatocellular carcinoma||23; 23; none||Improved survival||No||2Dii|
|No. = number.|
|aRefer to text and the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms for additional information and definition of terms.|
|bNumber of patients treated plus number of patients controlled may not equal number of patients enrolled; number of patients enrolled = number of patients initially recruited/considered by the researchers who conducted a study; number of patients treated = number of enrolled patients who were administered the treatment being studied AND for whom results were reported; historical control subjects are not included in number of patients enrolled.|
|cStrongest evidence reported that the treatment under study has anticancer activity or otherwise improves the well-being of cancer patients.|
|dChemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, or cytokine therapy administered/allowed at the same time as mistletoe therapy.|
|eFor information about levels of evidence analysis and an explanation of the level of evidence scores, refer to Levels of Evidence for Human Studies of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine.|
|fThis trial was a four-arm trial; patients were randomly assigned to surgery only or to surgery plus radiation therapy, followed by a second randomization to no mistletoe treatment or to treatment with Eurixor; the resulting treatment groups contained the following numbers of evaluable patients: surgery only = 105, surgery plus Eurixor = 97, surgery plus radiation therapy = 137, and surgery plus radiation therapy plus Eurixor = 138; radiation therapy and Eurixor treatment overlapped; no treatment approach was superior in terms of disease-free survival, disease-specific survival, improvement in quality of life, or stimulation of the immune system; in the table, mistletoe-treated and nontreated (control) patients were grouped (i.e., number treated = 97 + 138 = 235, and number control = 105 + 137 = 242).|
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