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Dry Mouth Challenges for Patients with Oral Cancer

Conquer the patient voice

Official Patient Magazine of the Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators

April 2022 Vol 8 No 2

Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Founder, Side Effect Support, LLC


Oral health challenges are common with treatments used for many types of cancers. This is especially true for people with head and neck cancers. The intensity of the oral side effects can have a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life, affecting their physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

Oral cancers are typically treated with surgery, radiation, and many times, chemotherapy. Although the saliva tends to return to normal after chemotherapy has been completed, radiation can permanently damage the salivary glands, which can change the amount of saliva produced in the mouth and its quality, which may lead to dry mouth and has important implications to our health.

Why Is Dry Mouth a Problem?

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