The effect of mistletoe therapy on tumour-related fatigue syndrome

As a result of cancer or the necessary chemotherapy, frequently a fatigue syndrome develops, which is characterised by leaden tiredness and listlessness and represents one of the most burdensome symptoms in cancer patients.  Tiredness and exhaustion do not diminish even with sufficient sleep and can have a strong impact on life. 

A review evaluating various mistletoe study reveals that mistletoe therapy in addition to chemotherapy or best supportive care may improve fatigue symtpoms in cancer patients (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: December 18th, 2020/ AT

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