Case Report
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World J Gastroenterol. Mar 28, 2019; 25(12): 1524-1530
Published online Mar 28, 2019. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v25.i12.1524
Long-term survival of a patient with advanced pancreatic cancer under adjunct treatment with Viscum album extracts: A case report
Paul G Werthmann, Robert Kempenich, Gerlinde Lang-Avérous, Gunver S Kienle
Paul G Werthmann, Gunver S Kienle, Department of Methodology, Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM), Freiburg 79111, Germany
Paul G Werthmann, Gunver S Kienle, Center for Complementary Medicine, Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and Hospital Infection Control, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Freiburg 79106, Germany
Robert Kempenich, Private Praxis, General Practitioner with Specialization in Oncology, Strasbourg F-67000, France
Gerlinde Lang-Avérous, Department of Pathology, Hôpital de Hautepierre, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg F-67000, France
Author contributions: Werthmann PG, Kempenich R, Lang-Avérous G and Kienle GS contributed to the case report design. Kempenich R was the physician in charge who provided the patient’s information. Lang-Avérous G provided the histologic images and confirmed the diagnosis and contributed the details about the histologic diagnosis. Werthmann PG and Kempenich R collected and provided the data. Werthmann PG was the principle author of the paper, had full access to all data, and is the guarantor. Kienle GS supervised the report and the publication process. All authors read and confirmed the final version of this article.
Supported by Stiftung Integrative Medizin Stuttgart, Germany.
Informed consent statement: Informed consent was received from the patient for the publication of the report and accompanying images. The patient read the submission version of the report and confirmed its content.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
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Corresponding author: Paul G Werthmann, MD, Academic Research, Department of Methodology, Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (IFAEMM), Zechenweg 6, Freiburg 79111, Germany.
Telephone: +49-15771984421
Received: November 1, 2018
Peer-review started: November 1, 2018
First decision: December 20, 2018
Revised: February 13, 2019
Accepted: March 1, 2019
Article in press: March 2, 2019
Published online: March 28, 2019
Core Tip

Core tip: We herewith present a case report of a patient with advanced pancreatic cancer with a survival time of 63 mo despite 2 times of relapse und continuous treatment with Viscum album extracts. The patient preserved a good quality of live, regained his weight after weight loss during chemotherapy and is currently working full-time in his job.