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Article: Volume 39 Number 2 Page 145 - March 2012

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  Dental Update 392: 145-147

Cancer of the mouth for the dental team:  14. Mucositis

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Abstract: This series aims to enhance the healthcare team’s awareness of the importance of early detection by recognizing signs and symptoms of orofacial cancers and their management , and of prevention. It discusses treatment complications from surgery, radiotherapy (RT) and chemotherapy (CTX), summarizing the outcomes of a meeting on ‘Oral Healthcare in People Living with Cancer’ held in 2010, attended by 300 delegates from 33 countries – dentists, specialists, and Dental Care Professionals (DCPs), and the cancer support team. There is a considerable body of literature on oral cancer but very little is written on healthcare aspects of people living with cancer and a particular focus of this meeting was caring for survivors. The Faculty included European leaders in the field who have authored the series. The full peer-reviewed papers from the meeting are published in Oral Oncology 2010; 46; 485–570.

Author notes: Dr Judith E Raber-Durlacher, DDS, PhD, Department of Periodontology, Academic Centre of Dentistry Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prof Crispian Scully, CBE, MD, PhD, MDS, MRCS, BSc, FDS RCS, FDS RCPS, FFD RCSI, FDS RCSE, FRCPath, FMedSci, FHEA, FUCL, DSc, DChD, DMed(HC), Bristol Dental Hospital, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LY, UK.