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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 5127-5131

Palliative oral care in patients undergoing radiotherapy: Integrated review


1 Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Haldia Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Haldia, West Bengal, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, IDS, Siksha O Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, IDS, Siksha O Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Suman Sen
Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Haldia Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Haldia, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_827_20

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Maintaining a patient's quality of life is main the aim while treating cancer patients. Patients getting treated for oral cancer encountered with numerous symptoms at the time of radiotherapy and most of these are side effect which can persist even after few months to year after the treatment gets over. Radiotherapy is a vital aspect of both curative and palliative cancer care. Understanding the basics complications of radiotherapy along with its primary management of oral symptoms can assist family physicians in providing complete primary care for their cancer patients. Palliative oral care helps to ease symptoms from the cancer treatment. Oral care negligence is still a major cause of worsening of posttreatment quality of life of an individual. The article mainly empathies on the oral health care need to be taken care by primary care physicians in the cancer patients during and after the radiotherapy. Consequences associated with radiotherapy in oral cavity and its systematic overview of preventing and managing acute and chronic condition. It enlightens the importance of dentist role on improving quality of life of these patients.


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