Oral Cancer, Over 1.4 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year and because cancer treatment can affect the oral tissues, you need to know about potential oral side effects.Preexisting or untreated oral disease can also complicate cancer treatment.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 (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research).

Complications of
Chemotherapy & Radiation

Oral Mucositis: Ulceration of the Tissues of the Mouth

They can be extremely painful and can increase risk of oral or systemic infections.

Infection

Damage to the oral tissues from chemotherapy or radiotherapy can increase risk of infection and complicate the cancer treatment.

Xerostomia or Dry Mouth

Most of the time it is due to the dysfunction of the salivary glands after radiation therapy. Reduced or absent salivary flow might increases the risk of infection and compromises speaking, chewing, and swallowing.

Taste Alterations

Poor nutrition from eating difficulties caused by mucositis, dry mouth, and loss of taste.

Abnormal Dental Development

Can happen in children secondary to radiotherapy and/or high doses of chemotherapy before age 9.

Bleeding

Oral bleeding from the decreased ability of blood to clot associated with the effects of chemotherapy/radiation therapy on bone marrow.

Radiation caries lifelong risk of dental decay due to decreased quantity and quality of saliva.

Trismus or Limited Mouth Opening

Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles that restricts normal ability to open the mouth.

Osteonecrosis

When bone has been exposed to high-dose radiation therapy, it loses its ability to heal if traumatized.Dental care before, during, or after chemo/radiation therapies is crucial to the outcome of your treatment and post-treatment quality of life.Dr.Lyssova completed her fellowship in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and had an extensive training in working with patients undergoing chemo or radiation therapy.

To Schedule an Appointment Call (212) 849-8289 or fill out this form:

Oral Cancer...Over 1.4 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year and because cancer treatment can affect the oral tissues, you need to know about potential oral side effects.Preexisting or untreated oral disease can also complicate cancer treatment.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 (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research).

Complications of
Chemotherapy & Radiation

Oral Mucositis: Ulceration of the Tissues of the Mouth

They can be extremely painful and can increase risk of oral or systemic infections.

Infection

Damage to the oral tissues from chemotherapy or radiotherapy can increase risk of infection and complicate the cancer treatment.

Xerostomia or Dry Mouth

Most of the time it is due to the dysfunction of the salivary glands after radiation therapy. Reduced or absent salivary flow might increases the risk of infection and compromises speaking, chewing, and swallowing.

Taste Alterations

Poor nutrition from eating difficulties caused by mucositis, dry mouth, and loss of taste.

Abnormal Dental Development

Can happen in children secondary to radiotherapy and/or high doses of chemotherapy before age 9.

Bleeding

Oral bleeding from the decreased ability of blood to clot associated with the effects of chemotherapy/radiation therapy on bone marrow.

Radiation caries lifelong risk of dental decay due to decreased quantity and quality of saliva.

Trismus or Limited Mouth Opening

Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles that restricts normal ability to open the mouth.

Osteonecrosis

When bone has been exposed to high-dose radiation therapy, it loses its ability to heal if traumatized.Dental care before, during, or after chemo/radiation therapies is crucial to the outcome of your treatment and post-treatment quality of life.Dr.Lyssova completed her fellowship in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and had an extensive training in working with patients undergoing chemo or radiation therapy.

To Schedule an Appointment Call (212) 849-8289 or fill out this form: