Oral mucositis can be painful and, in some cases, require hospitalization of patients being treated for cancer with chemotherapy and other radiation therapies.
However, along with your care team, you can take steps to prevent this uncomfortable side effect.
In an interview CURE®, Dr. Alessandro Villa, assistant professor in oral medicine and dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, spotlighted the number of patients with cancer who are affected by oral mucositis, explained the benefits of an agent approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for intervention and explored how patients can control the side effect from the comfort of their homes.
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CURE®: Can you explain what types of cancer treatment cause oral mucositis?
Villa: Oral mucositis is an iconic toxicity of cancer therapy and remains one of the most painful and disrupting side effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy ...
° BY KATIE KOSKO