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Oral complications of cancer treatment

Andrew Davies and Ilora Finlay

in Oral Care in Advanced Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192632432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632432.003.0015
Oral complications of cancer treatment

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Cancer therapy can lead to complex oral and dental problems. These complications vary by patient, the individual's oral and dental status, the type of cancer, and the type of cancer therapy administered. In most cases, oral complications are influenced by the pre-existing conditions of the patient. Oral complications caused by cancer treatment can cause fatal effects and can hinder the progression of a treatment. Nevertheless, in some cases oral complications can be minimized and eliminated. This chapter describes the oral complications resulting from chemotherapy and head and neck radiation therapy. The chapter also presents a philosophy for preventing and addressing oral complications.

Keywords: cancer therapy; oral complications; chemotherapy; head radiation therapy; neck radiation therapy; radiation therapy

Chapter.  4611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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