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Cancer Newsline - 04/01/2013

Attentive dental care is critical for cancer patients. Before beginning cancer treatment, patients should address pre-existing oral conditions and infections. During treatment, conditions may arise, such as chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis (mouth lining breaks down forming ulcers); xerostomia (dry mouth); and poor blood flow which may result in bone rot causing jaw fractures. It’s important for cancer survivors to see their dentists regularly, too. Mark Chambers, D.M.D., professor in Head and Neck Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, gives an overview for cancer patients on what they need to know about their oral health before, during and after cancer treatment.

Guest: Mark Chambers, D.M.D.

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