The effect of mistletoe on tumour-related fatigue syndrome

As a result of cancer or chemotherapy, frequently a fatigue syndrome develops, which is characterised by leaden tiredness and listlessness. This needs to be diffentiated to what is known as “tumour-related fatigue syndrome”, which alone is one of the most burdensome symptoms in cancer patients.  Tiredness and exhaustion do not diminish even with sufficient sleep and can have an enormous impact on life. 

A review evaluating various mistletoe study reveals that mistletoe therapy may improve fatigue in cancer patients that receive chemotherapy or best supportive care (82). However, these studies have not been carried out with the main target of the burdensome tumour-associated fatigue, which is why further scientific studies will be necessary in the future to determine the effect of mistletoe. 

 

Last update: April 17th, 2020/AB

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