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The Oral Effects of Cancer Treatments

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 fighting cancer. These oral effects can also lead to complications or delays of treatments, which can compromise the patient's ability to successfully win their battle against cancer.

Oral changes may have a continued negative impact long after cancer treatments have been completed.

This presentation will review several 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.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify various types of dental disease and how they are related to systemic health.
  • Describe oral side effects of cancer treatments and how they may affect quality of life and mortality.
  • Discuss ways to avoid and manage short-term and long-term oral side effects.
  • Develop strategies for the medical team and dental team to work together to improve patient care.
  • Provide resources for patient education

Please contact us at for more information regarding professional education available to medical and dental staff.

Fees and travel expenses may apply.

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I found Jill's course to be very informative and enlightening.  I believe that all dentists should be reviewing this information to ensure the best possible care for our patients battling cancer.

Dr. D. Boettcher                                                                                                                                      

Dental Park, Manitowoc, WI

We were very excited to bring Jill to our office to share her presentation with the entire "Dental Park Team". Jill's presentation was very detailed and informative for everyone from the Business Office team, Dental Assistants, Hygienists to the Doctors.  In order to give our patients battling cancer the best possible care, I believe that every health care professional should be aware of the information that Jill provided.

L. Reif, Office Manager                                                                                                                               

Dental Park, Manitowoc, WI

We recommend hiring Side Effects Support to any medical or dental office. The information is invaluable. Jill is a well trained professional that teaches prevention and delivers this information in a very understandable, easy manner. It is a great presentation. All staff members can use this information in some way in the office.

Howard Dental Center, Green Bay, WI

Jill has been very helpful answering all of our questions in dealing and treating a patient that was recently diagnosed with oral cancer. He, in turn, was very happy with the information we were able to provide him!

J. Henry, RDH                                                                                                                                              

Door County Dental Care, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Jill has such a vast knowledge of oral cancer and care for oral cancer patients. She has been so generous with her time to educate the dental hygiene students about resources and care options for oral cancer patients. She helps the students to better understand what the patients go through, and all that they can do as a provider to make a difference. Sharing her knowledge on this subject with the students has been invaluable. She is able to answer all questions presented, and is very passionate about oral cancer and patient care. We are very lucky to have her share her expertise! Thanks Jill for all you do!

Lisa Bahr, RDH, MEd.
WCTC Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator

Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH

Jill began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994.

She attended The Center for Professional Development (The Business School for Dentists) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jill traveled to Haiti in July 2012 and helped start the first medical and dental records system in the remote mountain village of Jean Rabel.

She earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Jill created a volunteer program providing oral care kits with product samples and patient education at a local oncology department from 2006 to 2012.

Jill and her husband are the owners of Side Effect Support LLC, which is dedicated to helping cancer survivors manage short-term oral side effects and long-term damage to oral health associated with chemotherapy, radiation to the head and neck, and some targeted therapies.

Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction, a Regional Coordinator for the Oral Cancer Foundation, and a regular contributor for the Anti-Cancer Club. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association and an inaugural member of the American Academy of Dental Oncology. She continues to practice in a general dentistry office in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.