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How to support and improve mouth care for people undergoing cancer treatment

Oral health may be overlooked by healthcare staff, but can lead to serious mouth problems

Oral health may be overlooked by healthcare staff, but can lead to serious mouth problems

  • As the role of cancer nurses continues to expand, mouth care has the potential to be overlooked
  • Oral mucositis occurs in at least half of patients undergoing chemotherapy
  • Such mouth problems can have a wide effect on patients’ well-being and quality of life

The incidence of mouth problems in patients undergoing treatment for cancer is high.

Oral mucositis, for example, where the mucosa becomes inflamed and which can result in painful ulceration and problems eating, occurs in at least half of patients undergoing chemotherapy, according to

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