Clinical Courses

Oral Care for the Oncology Patient — 2 CEU

Speaker: Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH

Oral care is one aspect of cancer treatments that is often overlooked. Oral side effects and untreated dental diseases can cause added pain, financial hardships, psychological distress, and a diminished quality-of-life for those being treated for cancer. Oral effects can also lead to complications or delays of treatments, which can compromise treatment outcomes. Oral changes may have a continued negative impact long after cancer treatments have been completed.

This presentation will review potential oral side effects associated with cancer treatments, as well as ways to avoid or manage them by focusing on prevention and patient education. We will discuss ways for the medical and dental teams to work together to provide a well-rounded approach for optimal patient care.