Oral care protocols for patients undergoing cancer therapy

Gen Dent. Jul-Aug 2008;56(5):464-78; quiz 479-80, 495-6.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to educate dentists in the care and treatment of cancer patients and their families. One of the authors (JP) is a six-year cancer survivor of squamous cell carcinoma; many of these clinical suggestions are based on his experiences. In joint effort with Loyola University, Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center, a retrospective study makes up the remainder of the recommended approaches and products and their effective uses.

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Cranial Irradiation / adverse effects*
  • Dental Care for Chronically Ill*
  • Dysgeusia / etiology
  • Dysgeusia / therapy
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infections / drug therapy
  • Infections / etiology
  • Mouth Protectors
  • Mucositis / complications
  • Mucositis / etiology
  • Mucositis / therapy
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Radiation Protection / instrumentation
  • Stomatitis / complications
  • Stomatitis / etiology
  • Stomatitis / therapy
  • Xerostomia / etiology
  • Xerostomia / therapy

Substances

  • Antineoplastic Agents