Researchers assessed the effectiveness of low level laser therapy in preventing or minimizing oral mucositis in patients with hematologic cancers preparing to undergo HSCT. Results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.
In a randomized clinical trial, use of a mouth rinse consisting of propolis with sodium bicarbonate was well-tolerated and effectively prevented oral mucositis in patients with breast cancer undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy.
Implementation of the Massey Bedside Swallowing Screen and strict oral care regimens in high-risk patients reduced the rate of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) at an oncology treatment center.
Positive results of drug Validive for prevention and treatment of severe oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer.
Mice that produced the Smad7 protein in the oral cavity were dramatically more resistant to radiation-induced oral mucositis than were controls.
Drugs that inhibit mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) stopped radiation-induced damage in mice by protecting cells crucial to tissue repair.
Thermal imaging can detect early changes in the temperature of mucosal surfaces that may signal mucositis in persons with head and neck cancer who are receiving chemoradiotherapy.
Developing an evidence-based oral care policy may help to prevent or to more effectively manage oral mucositis in oncology patients.
Oral mucositis is a common side effect of both chemotherapy and radiation that patients find distressing, yet there are interventions that seem to help.
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