Mobile app for fighting cancer related fatigue

Tired of Cancer, a digital health startup based in the Netherlands, announced their release of a mobile app for fighting cancer related fatigue (CRF).  The Untire App is the first of its kind and aims to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

Thirty to forty percent of cancer patients suffer from CRF, which is described as a much more debilitating form of the fatigue an ordinary person may suffer from.  Patients describe being too tired to go about completing everyday tasks like eating and using the bathroom.  Rest provides little relief and any activity can be exhausting.  This distress often leads to bouts with depression and other health issues.

The intended use for Untire is to provide psycho-educational interaction with CRF patients in order to improve subjective, and possibly objective measures, of patient energy levels.  Utire is described as a comprehensive, self-management program that aims to address CRF through psycho-education in an effort to help patients regain energy.  According to the company, early clinical studies have shown encouraging results from users.  Final results from the studies are expected in mid-2019.

The app can be downloaded for free in both the Apple App and Google Play stores.

We have previously discussed FDA’s regulation of mobile apps FDA Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

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