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Joining forces globally to address oral complications for people with cancer

Improving clinicians' understanding of oral complications in cancer care through international collaboration.

Improving clinicians' understanding of oral complications in cancer care through international collaboration

I recently returned from a trip to Japan as part of a joint European and Japanese project working alongside nurses, doctors and dentists to address oral complications in cancer care.

I was struck by the warm welcome I received from my Japanese colleagues, their commitment to this aspect of clinical care and their willingness to share their expertise and experience. The Japanese teams spoke of the continuing challenge – similar to many European settings − to have an evidenced based and consistent approach to assessing, preventing and treating oral complications in cancer care. Like in the UK, many Japanese people affected by cancer have reported the distress caused by oral complications as a result of their disease and the treatments they

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