A diagnosis of cancer is a frightening and life changing experience.
Having several family members and friends who have battled various types of cancer, I was able to see firsthand the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation directly. I've also felt the fear, helplessness and confusion that comes with being a caregiver of these patients as well.
As a Registered Dental Hygienist who has worked in the dental field for 30 years, I have treated many cancer patients and survivors. This has provided me invaluable insight and knowledge on both the short-term and long-term chemotherapy side effects.
Oral side effects of chemotherapy and head & neck radiation are not just a comfort issue can affect the quality-of-life and health of oral cancer patients. Side effects of chemotherapy can potentially delay or complicate treatments, therefore compromising the patient's ability to beat these terrible diseases.
education about the various oral effects of cancer treatments as well as ways to avoid or control them. I have earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University Of Southern Indiana and have provided patient education and samples to local oncology departments for several years.
By creating Side Effect Support LLC, my goal is to provide a well-rounded approach and offer a greater level of care for oral cancer patients dealing with side effects from chemo or radiation.
Professional education is also available through Side Effect Support, LLC to bridge the gap between the oncology and dental teams that will enable us to improve the quality of care for our patients who are battling cancer.