Cancer Treatment & Oral Health
Most people are aware of the common side effects of cancer treatment like nausea and hair loss. Many don’t realize that more than one-third of people treated for cancer develop complications that affect the mouth. These problems can interfere with cancer treatment and diminish the patient’s quality of life. Head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, and blood and marrow transplantation can cause oral complications ranging from dry mouth to life threatening infections.
What Can Be Done To Reduce The Risk And Impact
Ask your health care providers and patients about steps they can take before, during and after cancer treatment to reduce the risk and impact of these often painful side effects.