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Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation


This patient summary on oral complications of cancer and cancer therapy is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This and other accurate, credible information about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, supportive care, and ongoing clinical trials is available from the National Cancer Institute. Oral complications are common in cancer patients, especially those with head and neck cancer. This summary describes oral complications caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy and various methods of prevention and treatment.

This summary is about oral complications in adults and children with cancer. Section titles show when the information is about children.