Dental and Medical Problems

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Dental and Medical Problems

2015, vol. 52, nr 1, January-March, p. 11–16

Publication type: editorial article

Language: English

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Oral Complications Due to Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients

Powikłania w jamie ustnej po radioterapii i chemioterapii u pacjentów leczonych onkologicznie

Shawna Rekshmy D’dharan1,B,D, Nithya Jagannathan1,E,F

1 Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, India


Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the most common treatments used for the management of cancer patients. It can be used individually or together as adjuncts when a treatment protocol is planned. Unfortunately, in the process of treating one disease, the patient will have to endure the complications and side effects of the treatment. Chemotherapy has a systemic effect, whereas radiotherapy only affects the site of irradiation. The oral cavity is almost always affected, especially in head and neck cancer patients. Complications such as mucositis, dysgeusia, osteoradionecrosis, oral infections and dental developmental abnormalities are just to name a few. These side effects can greatly affect the quality of life of a patient either before, during or after cancer treatment. Hence, it is of up most importance that a clinician is well-versed with the possible complications and works towards helping the patient go through his treatment as comfortably and pain-free as possible.

Key words

chemotherapy, oral complications, radiation therapy, mucositis

Słowa kluczowe

chemioterapia, radioterapia, powikłania w jamie ustnej, mucositis, popromienna martwica kości

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