Development and implementation of an oral care protocol for patients with cancer

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2009 Dec;13(6):718-22. doi: 10.1188/09.CJON.718-722.


On an inpatient oncology unit, mucositis is a recurrent issue with devastating effects on patients. Available interventions were limited, palliative in nature, and ineffective. Evidence-based preventive measures and treatments were needed; as a result, a nurse-driven, patient-centered oral care protocol was developed.

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Mucositis / chemically induced
  • Mucositis / therapy*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Neoplasms / physiopathology*
  • Oral Hygiene*


  • Antineoplastic Agents