Improvement of the recurrence-free interval using biological adjuvant therapy in uveal melanoma.

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Anticancer Res. 2000 May-Jun;20(3B):1969-75.

Improvement of the recurrence-free interval using biological adjuvant therapy in uveal melanoma.

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Institute of Bio-Immunotherapy Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

This study was an attempt to compensate for an alleged aetiological deficiency in melanoma by the prophylactic oral administration of the essential biological components missing. Nine random patients suffering from high-risk uveal melanoma (T3) were, in this preliminary study, treated secondarily with biological dietary adjuvants after primary standard therapy, enucleation or brachytherapy. Secondary treatment consisted of certain natural amino-acids, trace-element salts, folic acid and a diet containing neurogenic lipid components. It entailed no side-effects, no toxicity and was inexpensive. None of these nine patients has suffered recurrent disease. The mean follow-up time was over 80 months (median 69, range 58-140 months). Local tumour control was 100%. This clinical result is significantly better (p = 0.018) as compared to similar T3 uveal melanoma patients in standard care who did not receive adjuvant dietary remedies after primary treatment. The control patients consisted of similar adjusted T3 cases selected from the Swedish official registries, and T2 patients from Germany. Based on the previous positive clinical results obtained with cutaneous malignant melanoma in bioimmunotherapy this additional positive result supports the notion that biological components administered orally may compensate for the etiological deficiency leading to malignant melanoma.