Objective: To review the management of radiotherapy- and chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal mucositis.
Data source: Articles and research studies.
Conclusion: Gastrointestinal damage is becoming a common dose-limiting toxicity. However, there is only limited research into the mechanism and possible treatment of this toxicity.
Implications for nursing practice: It is important to document the frequency and severity of gastrointestinal mucositis, and to alleviate symptoms wherever possible.