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Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients: Part V. Management of mucositis

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  • Medicine And Dentistry
  • Clinical Dentistry
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  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Head and neck cancer is becoming a more recognizable pathology to the general population and dentists. The modes of treatment include surgery and/or radiation therapy. Where possible, pretreatment dental assessment shall be provided for these patients before they undergo radiation therapy. There are occasions, however, whereby head and neck cancer patients are not prepared optimally for radiation therapy. Because of this, they succumb to complicated oral adverse effects after radiation therapy. The second last part of this series reviews and discusses the management of complication that commonly occur to the oral mucosa, i.e. mucositis. © 2006 Elsevier. All rights reserved.

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