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Oral Care in Advanced Disease$
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Andrew Davies and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632432.001.0001

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Oral complications of cancer treatment

Oral complications of cancer treatment

(p.171) Chapter 15 Oral complications of cancer treatment
Oral Care in Advanced Disease

Andrew Davies

Ilora Finlay

Oxford University Press

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

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