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Oral Mucositis & Cancer Therapy

Oral mucositis is one of the most common complications of radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments. It is extremely painful and debilitating for patients and has a serious impact on Quality of Life.2,3

Oral mucositis generally begins 5-10 days following the initiation of chemotherapy and lasts anywhere from one week to six weeks or more.8 Severe cases of oral mucositis can interrupt your cancer treatment schedule if not properly addressed.

Complications of Oral Mucositis8,9

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

Oral Mucositis: Preventative Steps8

In some cases, it may not be possible to stop mucositis from occurring, but there are steps you can take before beginning radiation or chemotherapy treatment to help alleviate its side effects and symptoms:

  • Speak to your doctor
  • Maintain a good oral care regimen
  • Avoid products that irritate the gums & mouth, such as products containing alcohol
  • Increase your fluid intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Moisturise your lips

How can GelX help?

Using a protective oral spray can also help to prevent oral mucositis or reduce the severity of the condition.

GelX® is clinically proven in the prevention and soothing of cancer-therapy-induced oral mucositis in both children and adults.5,6,7


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I started using GelX after 1 cycle of chemotherapy. I had already started with a number of large mouth ulcers and was finding eating and swallowing painful. After just 2 days of using GelX, no further ulcers appeared. Throughout my chemo treatments I only had a handful of small ulcers. I can wholeheartedly say that GelX has made a significant difference to my oral comfort and enabled me to eat more normally than I could have done…A truly wonderful product!

Jayne, Patient, Wrexham

I was kindly sent GelX at the beginning of my throat cancer journey. During treatment this was a fantastic product that enabled me to have a life. Eating, drinking, smiling - GelX played a big part. I would 100% fully recommend this product to anybody without hesitation.

Jon, Patient, Surrey

I support patients with Head and Neck cancers and have found, since the introduction of GelX during radiotherapy (with or without chemotherapy), mucositis is reduced. This has meant for some patients, stronger analgesics have not been necessary or at least not required so early on during their course of radiotherapy. We find using GelX prophylactically in Head and Neck cancer patients, receiving radiotherapy, helps reduce the severity of mucositis.

Head & Neck Specialist Radiographer, Kent

We have been using GelX for about a year now. Mucositis has been improved in patients who use it consistently from the beginning of treatment.

Dr. Jennifer Turner, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

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