How can I prevent mouth sores or treat it before it gets too bad?
Alexander Lin, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Penn Medicine, responds:
The development of mouths sores may be inevitable, especially if areas in the mouth need to be irradiated due to cancer involvement. Strategies to minimize mouth sores include minimizing the amount of radiation delivered to areas of the mouth that are uninvolved with cancer, as well as starting prophylactic pain medications early in the treatment course that may help minimize how much discomfort the mouth sores cause.
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Jan 14, 2011 - Parotid-sparing intensity-modulated radiotherapy is less likely than conventional radiotherapy to result in dry mouth in patients treated for head and neck cancer, according to research published online Jan. 13 in The Lancet Oncology.
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