Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients: part I. management of xerostomia

Ngeow, Wei Cheong and Chai, Wen Lin and Rahman, R.A. and Ramli, R. (2006) Managing complications of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients: part I. management of xerostomia. Singapore Dental Journal, 28 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0377-5291,


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Head and neck cancer is becoming a more recognizable pathology to the general population and dentists. The modes of treatment include surgery and/or radiation therapy. Where possible, pretreatment dental assessment shall be provided for these patients before they receive radiation therapy. There are occasions, however, whereby head and neck cancer patients are not prepared optimally for radiation therapy. Because of this, they succumb to complicated oral adverse effects after radiation therapy. Part I of this series reviews the management of xerostomia. The management of the effect of xerostomia to the dentition/oral cavity is discussed in Part II.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 5 April 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 17378333 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Ngeow, W.C.; Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complication Head and neck cancer Management Xerostomia cholinergic receptor blocking agent pilocarpine saliva substitute chemistry chewing gum drug effect head and neck tumor human mouth hygiene radiation injury review salivation Head and Neck Neoplasms Humans Mouthwashes Parasympatholytics Radiation Injuries Saliva, Artificial
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of General Dental Practice And Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging
Depositing User: Associate Professor Dr. Wen Lin Chai
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 01:41
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 08:43

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