Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients: Part I. Management of xerostomia

Wei Cheong Ngeow, Wen Lin Chai, Roslan Abdul Rahman, Roszalina Ramli

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Abstract

Head and neck cancer is becoming a more recognizable pathology to the general population and dentists. The modes of treatment include surgery and/or radiation therapy. Where possible, pretreatment dental assessment shall be provided for these patients before they receive radiation therapy. There are occasions, however, whereby head and neck cancer patients are not prepared optimally for radiation therapy. Because of this, they succumb to complicated oral adverse effects after radiation therapy. Part I of this series reviews the management of xerostomia. The management of the effect of xerostomia to the dentition/oral cavity is discussed in Part II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalSingapore Dental Journal
Volume28
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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Xerostomia
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Radiotherapy
Dentition
Dentists
Mouth
Tooth
Pathology
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Complication
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Management
  • Xerostomia

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  • Dentistry(all)

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Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients : Part I. Management of xerostomia. / Ngeow, Wei Cheong; Chai, Wen Lin; Rahman, Roslan Abdul; Ramli, Roszalina.

In: Singapore Dental Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, 12.2006, p. 1-3.

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