April 1, 2024 Word for Word Media

Melanie Wright unpacks the invaluable role oral hygienists play in the care of head and neck cancer patients undergoing treatment.

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Patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer present with unique challenges to their oral health-related quality of life. This can be brought upon by the disease itself or the management thereof. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can profoundly affect oral health, leading to complications that demand specialised and focused care. Amidst this challenging landscape, oral hygienists emerge as essential allies, providing critical support…

July 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

 With September being Oral Health Month, Dr Michael Michael explains why it’s vital to have dental visits before head and neck oncology treatment.

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A diagnosis of cancer is a life-altering event for those being diagnosed as well as for those closest. This comes with the reality and emotion of facing mortality and the path of treatment ahead. There is little time to grasp and accept what this means as multiple visits are scheduled with various practitioners. This is particularly true for patients diagnosed with cancer in…

September 30, 2020 Word for Word Media
Oral health related to oncology Being a cancer patient is already daunting with a long journey of treatment and recovery. Oral side effects don’t have to be an additional burden. Oral hygienist, Sarie Liebenberg, enlightens us. Effects of chemotherapy Chemotherapy affects rapidly dividing cells. These include cells of the lining of the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow- and hair cells. Chemotherapy can’t differentiate between normal and malignant cells and sometimes injures both. It may lower your white blood cell-, platelet- and red blood cell count, known as marrow suppression. This increases the risk for infection and/or bleeding.  Infection may become…