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Cancer Radiother. 2012 Sep;16(5-6):358-63. doi: 10.1016/j.canrad.2012.05.005. Epub 2012 Jul 28.

[Radio-induced oral and pharyngeal mucositis: management updates].

[Article in French]

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Service de radiothérapie, CHU de Poitiers, France. e.caillot@gmail.com

Abstract

Mucositis is a major side effect induced by radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy of head and neck cancer. This toxicity impacts patient's quality of life and may compromise optimal treatments. Pathophysiology, risk factors, incidence and consequences of mucositis will be discussed in this review. Its management remains principally supportive (pain medication and nutritional support); however, in recent years several studies have revealed that the use of low level energy laser is particularly useful in the prevention and treatment of chemo- and radio-induced mucositis.

PMID:
22841560
DOI:
10.1016/j.canrad.2012.05.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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