Ralph Muecke

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PURPOSE Retrospective analysis of 117 patients treated between 1996 and 2000 with low-dose radiotherapy (RT) for painful heel spurs. PATIENTS AND METHODS 71 women and 46 men were irradiated on 136 painful heel spurs in one (n = 104) or two radiation series (n = 13). The painful spurs were located either at the plantar (n = 94), dorsal (n = 5) or bilateral(More)
AIM The late toxicities due to multimodal therapy of advanced head and neck cancers were analysed. The impact of cytoprotection with amifostine is the specific objective of this report. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 851 patients (717 men, 134 women) with head and neck cancer were included in this prospective study. Of these patients, 519/851 had(More)
A total of 40 % of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and patients with advanced cancer use CAM more often than others. The aim of our study was to gather data on CAM use and reasons to use CAM of patients with advanced cancer being admitted for residential palliative care and their relatives. Structured interviews were(More)
A total of 502 patients treated between 1990 and 2002 with low-dose radiotherapy (RT) for painful heel spurs were analysed for prognostic factors for long-term treatment success. The median follow-up was 26 months, ranging from 1 to 103 months. Events were defined as (1) slightly improved or unchanged pain after therapy, or (2) recurrent pain sensations(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this explorative study was to evaluate the impact of selenium in the treatment of lymphedema after radiotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between June 1996 and June 2001, 12 patients with edema of the arm and 36 patients with edema of the head-and-neck region were treated with selenium for therapy-related lymphedema. Of these 36 patients,(More)
About 50% of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Women with breast cancer use CAM more frequently than others. We linked a questionnaire to the largest internet portal for cancer patients in Germany. The questionnaire addresses attitude towards CAM, disclosure to the oncologist, source of information, and objectives for use of(More)
A high proportion of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In oncology, risks of CAM are side effects and interactions. Our aim was to conduct a survey on professionals in palliative care regarding attitudes toward CAM. An internet-based survey with a standardized questionnaire was sent to all members of the German Society for(More)
BACKGROUND In Europe about 40% to 50% of patients with cancer use complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Only scarce data regarding the use of CAM have been reported from comprehensive cancer Centers. PATIENTS AND METHODS We carried out a survey on patients attending the counseling Unit for CAM of a German comprehensive cancer Center using a(More)
BACKGROUND Many cancer patients use cancer diets. MATERIALS AND METHODS We listed 13 cancer diets simulating an internet search for which we systematically reviewed clinical data. In the next step we derived recommendations on counseling patients using a Delphi process. RESULTS We evaluated the following diets: raw vegetables and fruits, alkaline diet,(More)
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is of high relevance in oncology. Only a minority of professionals feel competent in CAM. Our aim was to provide a strategy for establishing evidence-based counseling on CAM in oncology in the German health system. We performed a systematic search of the literature on patient counseling concerning CAM. Of 811(More)