By Carly Gerretsen, RN, FNP
More than 1.4 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. There is a lot to think about when a new patient comes into your office. What is their diagnosis? What is their general health and previous medical history? Do they have an adequate psychosocial or spiritual support system? But do you always think about their teeth? Probably not.
When you do an initial interview and exam, you prepare them for the multitude of tests, biopsies, appointments, and treatments they will endure. Now, learn more about the treatments trampoline water park for sale that will cause side effects such as xerostomia, mucositis, taste alterations, and nutritional compromise, and treatments like radiation and bisphosphonate therapy that can result in osteonecrosis and radiation-induced caries.
Oral complications can occur in almost all head and neck malignancies treated with radiation, but they are also seen in patients who have received stem cell transplants, stomatotoxic chemotherapeutics, and myelosuppresive agents. Often, these side effects will be prolonged and can even be delayed multiple years after the completion of treatment.
A dental oncology session will be presented at Congress to help you identify at-risk patients and help find them the appropriate care they need. You’ll discuss how to prevent, treat, and maintain your patients’ oral health. Not everyone has access to specialized oncologic dentists, so this session will provide the tools you will need to ensure your patients’ dental health isn’t forgotten. No one likes to go to the dentist, but I promise this time won’t be so bad.