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Viscum album, as alternative and bridge to palliative chemotherapy in recurrent gallbladder cancer following laparoscopic radical cholecystectomy: a case report

 Joonggyeong Shin  ;  Eunsang Yim  ;  Chang Moo Kang 
 Korean Journal of Clinical Oncology (대한임상종양학회지), Vol.19(2) : 88-92, 2023-12 
Journal Title
Korean Journal of Clinical Oncology(대한임상종양학회지)
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Chemotherapy ; Drug therapy ; Gallbladder neoplasms ; Recurrence ; Viscum album
A 78-year-old female patient was initially treated with laparoscopic radical cholecystectomy for gallbladder cancer (pT2aN1M0, stage IIIB). The patient then received adjuvant chemotherapy with gemcitabine. After completion of adjuvant chemotherapy, multiple lymph node metastases were observed in follow-up computed tomography (CT) scan, but the patient refused to go through further chemotherapy. One year after the recurrence, carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) level was 1,925 U/mL with follow-up high-resolution CT/abdomen-pelvic CT showing the increased size of multiple lymph node metastases, and the patient began to undergo Viscum album therapy (0.2 mg, subcutaneously, three times a week). After the V. album therapy was initiated, a decrease in the size of metastatic lymph nodes and CA19-9 level, which was decreased to 252 U/mL, was observed. Seventeen months after continuous V. album therapy, the patient agreed to have palliative chemotherapy. The patient underwent gemcitabine plus cisplatin chemotherapy and showed stable disease during follow-up. This case report suggests that V. album therapy showed anticancer effects and may act as a bridge to palliative chemotherapy for patients with inappropriate general conditions to undergo chemotherapy for recurrent gallbladder cancer.
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Kang, Chang Moo(강창무) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5382-4658
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