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The extract of the mistletoe plant has been used as a complementary and integrative method to treat cancer for close to a century. Mistletoe injections are among the most widely used complementary cancer treatments in Europe, where it is approved in several countries for palliative care.
Mistletoe can be used in malignant tumours, for the stimulation of bone marrow activity and the immune system, and alongside conventional cancer treatments to offset the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation such as nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. It can also be used to help reduce tumour-related pain and may help to reduce the risk of tumour recurrence.
Research on the use of intravenous mistletoe therapy in cancer is ongoing, such as at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the U.S. While more evidence is forthcoming, the use of mistletoe therapy is one of the therapies we offer at the CCNM ICC when we feel it can provide benefit.
Injections are taught at the CCNM ICC and then continued at home. We follow up and renew mistletoe prescriptions at subsequent follow up visits however we can also book a 15-minute mistletoe-only visit between follow up visits if necessary.