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Unique Factors Affecting the Management and Prevention of Caries in the Childhood Cancer Survivor.

Authors
  • Horner, Abbey J1
  • Nativio, Donna G2
  • 1 Abbey J. Horner, Professional Staff Nurse, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Donna G. Nativio, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
33
Issue
1
Pages
53–57
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2018.06.002
PMID: 30126733
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Childhood cancer survivors are at high risk for a myriad of complications secondary to oncologic treatment regimens. Caries is one of the major sequela of oncologic treatment that place the childhood cancer survivor at risk for complications in adulthood. Dental caries can be prevented with optimum dental care, early identification, and patient education. A barrier to their prevention is the lack of routine dental care received by this population. Health care providers are in a prime position to remedy this problem through their frequent contact with the childhood cancer survivor during sick and well-child office visits. The purpose of this article is to convey information and tools related to dental caries in the pediatric cancer survivor younger than 18 years to enhance primary care providers', acute care pediatric nurse practitioners', and oncology providers' knowledge of risk stratification, early identification, and treatment regimens for caries in the childhood cancer survivor. Copyright © 2018 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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