Untire, an app that tracks cancer-related fatigue has become the first of its kind to be listed on the NHS Apps library.
The Untire app, which aims to tackle cancer-related fatigue (CRF), is available to download for free, after successfully passing an NHS assessment to ensure that only safe and secure apps and digital tools are published on the NHS Apps Library.
Fatigue is the most common side-effect of cancer, affecting 70%-80% of cancer patients, yet there is still a lack of awareness among patients and healthcare about fatigue and how to manage it. Additionally, with an estimated 2.9 million people expected to be living with cancer by 202, there is a clear need to find effective support solutions.
CRF is characterized by feelings of tiredness, weakness and a lack of energy related to cancer or cancer therapy. This, in turn, often impacts on a patient’s quality of life, with debilitating social and economic consequences.
Door Vonk, founding partner of Untire, said: “Untire aims to help users gain better control of their energy levels by getting and keeping them mentally and psychologically active. The programme offers a combination of insightful themes, such as sleep, anxiety, setting limits and nutrition, guidelines for managing energy, physical exercises to build strength, activities to reduce stress, and tips to improve mood.”
Debbie Smith, Macmillan Cancer information and support centre manager at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe Hospital, said: “We often guide people to the NHS Apps Library as many people like the choices and accessibility. Untire is a definite positive addition to the collection – it gives people encouragement to take control when they have possibly felt so out of control and vulnerable due to CRF.”
Preliminary findings from a randomized-control-trial (RCT) study with the University of Groningen (Netherlands) found that the Untire app significantly reduces fatigue while increasing happiness amongst users. Final results will be made available in late 2019.
Dr Bram Kuiper, who has been a clinical psychologist in oncology for over thirty years, said: “The app is designed to help all cancer patients and survivors regardless of age, cancer stage or cancer type, and we hope that its availability via the NHS Apps Library gives patients and care providers an additional tool for effectively managing cancer-related fatigue.”
For more information about the Untire app visit www.untire.me