Oral complications are common in cancer patients especially those with head and neck cancer complications are new medical problems that occur during or after a disease procedure or treatment and that make recovery harder the complications may be side effects of the disease or treatment or they may have other causes oral complications affect the mouth. By identifying patients at risk for oral complications health care providers are able to start preventive measures before cancer therapy begins reducing the occurrence of problems brought about by different treatment modalities. Acute oral complications occurring during treatment are related to the type of cancer and forms of therapy these problems have several different clinical presentations including mucosal inflammation and ulceration of varying etiologies oral candidiasis viral and bacterial infections dental or periodontal infections and mucosal bleeding. Oral complications of cancer treatment what the dental team can do dental team with over 14 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year and a shift to outpatient. Oral complications of cancer treatment radiation to the head and neck and chemotherapy for any malignancy can cause oral side effects so debilitating that patients may tolerate only lower less effective doses of cancer treatment may postpone scheduled treatments or may discontinue treatment entirely
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