Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Mistletoe extract for treatment of urological tumours

Mistletoe extract for treatment of urological tumors.
Urologe A. 2012 Dec;51(12):1656-62
Authors: Suttmann H, Saar M, Ohlmann CH, Stöckle M, Kamradt J
Abstract
In Germany misteltoe extract is one of the most commonly used complementary therapeutic strategies in oncology. There are anthroposophical as well as phytotherapeutic concepts to explain the potential mechanism of action; however, the oncological and uro-oncological literature lacks definitive proof to support recommendations on which is the most effective drug, the optimal dose, a clear indication or its efficacy. Weighting the current data, potential side effects and contraindications, the application of mistletoe extract in daily uro-oncological practice requires careful consideration of the indications in the context of a detailed patient informed consent and request for this unique therapeutic modality