The effects on different biophysiological parameters and subjective impressions were studied in a patient with breast cancer who was not previously given any therapy before receiving Ukrain. Daily measurements of pulse, blood pressure, temperature and various laboratory examinations were carried out. Development and course of subjective and objective phenomena seem to be typical for patients in whom Ukrain could induce long-term complete remission. The patient described here has had to data 12 years without any oncopathological symptoms.
Ukrain, a semi-synthetic thiophosphoric acid compound of alkaloid chelidonine isolated from Chelidonium Majus L., Tris(2-([5bS-(5ba,6b,12ba)]-5b,6,7,12b,13,14- Hexahydro-13-methyl][1,3]-benzodioxolo[5,6-c]-1,3-dioxolo[4, 5- i]phenanthridinium-6-ol]-Ethaneaminyl) Phosphinesulfide 6HCl, causes a regression of tumours and metastases in many oncological patients. More than 400 documented patients with various carcinomas in different stages of development have been treated with Ukrain. The authors report on only three different cases treated with preparation Ukrain. Ukrain can be helpful in improving the general condition and prolonging life by reduction of the tumour progression and its immunomodulating effect on the organism.
Phase II of clinical studies was performed on 70 patients, ranging in age from 14 to 80 years, (27 male, 43 female) to determine the appropriate dose range for Ukrain and the clarification of dose/response relationships, in order to provide an optimal background for wider therapeutic trials. The following parameters were studied: physiological (pulse, blood pressure, temperature); biochemical, haematological and immunological. Electrolytes and trace elements were investigated, as well as neopterin, tumour markers, immune complexes, non specific blocking factors, development of tumours and metastases in quantitative respects (by X-ray, CT, scintigrams and US). The patients' general conditions were also assessed. Ukrain was given intramuscularly or intravenously every one, two, three, four or five days, or according to other schemata, in the dose range of 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 mg increasing (2.5 to 25 mg per injection), decreasing (25 to 2.5 mg per injection) and stable (5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 mg per injection). Duration of one course of therapy was between 10 days and 90 days. Intervals between courses ranged from 7 days to 3 months. In order to find dose/duration/interval/response-relationships, some cases were treated after chemoradiotherapy, some as adjuvant therapy to chemo-radiotherapy and alternatives such as iscador, and some as monotherapy. All patients were at terminal stages of their disease.
This study was carried out to determine the clinical and immune response of a stage IB voluminous uterine cervical cancer to thiophosphoric acid alkaloid derivatives from Chelidoniium majus L. (Ukrain). The drugs were administered 10 mg intramuscularly every other day, for up to 10 injections. The two largest diameters and tumour volumes were measured and laboratory and immunological tests were performed before and after Ukrain administration. The patients were then operated on with type III Piver's radical hysterectomy. Three out of nine eligible cases had partial responses while six cases remained stable. Decreased total B lymphocytes and suppressor T lymphocytes were observed as well as increased total numbers of T lymphocytes and helper T lymphocytes. There was no single case of clinical or haematological toxicity apart from mild nausea. Two patients were treated with adjuvant radiotherapy due to lymphatic involvement and all nine patients were still alive at least six months after follow-up.
Studies were undertaken to evaluate the influence of Ukrain on clinical and laboratory parameters in ten patients with breast cancer treated with the drug in the preoperative phase. The control group was composed of eight patients of similar age and advancement of the disease who did not receive Ukrain before mastectomy. Data from the present studies indicate that the drug is distinctly helpful from the surgical viewpoint by increasing tumour hardness and enlargement of metastatic lymph nodes. Furthermore, treatment with it is fully safe, with no side effects or allergic reactions.
INTRODUCTION: Medication overuse headache is a condition where abrupt drug withdrawal is considered the treatment of choice. OBJECTIVE: To study whether prednisolone given orally the first 6 days after medication withdrawal reduces headache intensity during the same period. METHODS: From August 2003 through November 2005, we included patients aged 18 to 70 years with probable medication overuse headache. The study was randomized, double-blind, and placebo controlled. The patients were hospitalized for 3 days to start medication withdrawal. They were randomly assigned to receive prednisolone 60 mg on days 1 and 2, 40 mg on days 3 and 4, and 20 mg on days 5 and 6 (Group A) or placebo tablets for 6 days (Group B). Headache intensity was recorded in a diary for a month before withdrawal (baseline) and throughout the study period of 28 days. The primary endpoint was a calculated mean headache (MH), based on number of days with headache and mean intensity the first 6 days after withdrawal. RESULTS: We included 26 men and 74 women. Sixty-five had migraine, 13 had tension-type headache, and 22 had both migraine and tension-type headache. Baseline headache days were 25.4 (CI 24.3 to 26.4). Baseline MH was 1.6 (CI 1.41 to 1.69). Fifty-one received Regimen A, and 49 received Regimen B. Baseline features were similar. During the first 6 days after withdrawal, headache was similar in Groups A and B (MH 1.48 [CI 1.28 to 1.68] vs 1.61 [CI 1.41 to 1.82], p = 0.34). CONCLUSION: Prednisolone has no effect on withdrawal headache in unselected patients with chronic daily headache and medication overuse.
Preliminary studies on the effect of Ukrain (Tris(2-([5bS-(5ba,6b,12ba)]- 5b,6,7,12b,13,14-hexahydro-13-methyl[1,3] benzodioxolo[5,6-v]-1-3- dioxolo[4,5-i]phenanthridinium-6-ol]-Ethaneaminyl)Phosphinesulfide.6HCl ) on the immunological response in patients with malignant tumours.
Preliminary clinical observations and studies on immunological response-indicators were made in eight patients with malignant tumours, who had been administered parenteral injections of Ukrain. The results suggest that the preparation is a non-toxic immunostimulator inducing production of thymodependent T lymphocytes. The preparation improves general health of patients, has anti-allergic action, and sedative and anti-inflammatory effects. It can inhibit growth of malignant tumours.
This study included 15 patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer with an average age of 71 years (62-85 years). The patients received Ukrain at a total dose of 100 mg (10 mg intravenously every second day, 10 injections altogether). After two to three injections of Ukrain, all the patients noted considerable subjective improvements in their state. Ukrain increased the amount of total T-lymphocytes, including "active" T-lymphocytes, decreased the content of T-suppressors and increased that of T helpers, correspondingly raising the T helper/T-suppressor ratio. Our results undoubtedly indicate the efficacy of Ukrain in the treatment of prostate cancer.