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Oral Mucositis

What is Oral Mucositis?

Oral mucositis is a painful inflammation of the lining of the mouth and throat (oral mucosa) and is one of the most common complications of radiation & chemotherapy cancer treatments. It is extremely painful and debilitating for patients and has a serious impact on their Quality of Life.2,3

Oral mucositis can manifest as oral mucosal atrophy, erythema, erosion, and ulceration or as a combination of these manifestations.3

Severe cases of OM may interrupt a patient’s cancer treatment schedule if not properly addressed.


Who gets Oral mucositis?

Patients undergoing the following cancer treatments are at high risk of developing Oral Mucositis: 11

  1. Head and neck radiotherapy
  2. Stem cell transplantation
  3. And/or chemotherapy

OM in Head & Neck Cancer Patients

Studies have shown that severe mucositis occurred in 29–66% of patients 
receiving radiation therapy for head 
and neck cancer.11

The incidence of OM was especially high in patients with primary tumours in the oral cavity, oropharynx or nasopharynx; those who also received concomitant chemotherapy; those who received a total dose over 5000 cGy, and those treated with altered fractionation radiation schedules. 11


Complications of Oral Mucositis8,9

Severe pain and inflammation Icon
Severe pain and inflammation
Increased risk of infections Icon
Increased risk of infections
Malnutrition as a result of restricted oral intake Icon
Malnutrition as a result of restricted oral intake
Dehydration Icon
Difficulty talking Icon
Difficulty talking
Increased use of prescription opioids Icon
Increased use of prescription opioids
Interruption of therapy Icon
Interruption of therapy
Increased length of hospitalisation and overall cost of treatment Icon
Increased length of hospitalisation and overall cost of treatment

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