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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 843
Radiotherapy complications and their possible management in the head and neck region


Department of Oral Pathology, KD Dental College and Hospital, Mathura, India

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Pankaj Agarwal
Department of Oral Pathology, KD Dental College and Hospital, Mathura
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.111293

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Oral complications from radiation to the head and neck or chemotherapy for any malignancy can compromise patients' health and quality of life and affect their ability to complete planned cancer treatment. For some patients the complications can be so debilitating that they may tolerate only lower doses of therapy, postpone scheduled treatments, or discontinue treatment entirely. Oral complications can also lead to serious systemic infections. Medically necessary oral care before, during, and after cancer treatment can prevent or reduce the incidence and severity of oral complications, enhancing both patient survival and quality of life. In the present article we present an overview of oral complications, and their possible management, after radiation therapy in the head-and-neck region.


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