Mngmnt of Oral Infections in Ca Patients

Management of Oral Infections in Cancer Patients

Mark A. Lerman DMDa, b, Joel Laudenbach DMDc, Francisco M. Marty MDb, d, e, Lindsey R. Baden MDb, d, e and Nathaniel S. Treister DMD, DMSca, b, e,

aDivision of Oral Medicine and Dentistry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA bHarvard School of Dental Medicine, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA

cDepartment of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

dDivision of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA eDana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA

The myelosuppressive and mucosal-damaging consequences of cancer and cancer therapies place patients at high risk for developing infectious complications. Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections are all commonly encountered in the oral cavity, contributing to both morbidity and mortality in this patient population.

Prevention, early and definitive diagnosis, and appropriate management are critical to ensure optimal treatment outcomes. With the majority of cancer patients treated as outpatients in the community setting, oral health care professionals play an important role in managing such infectious complications of cancer therapy.

Dental Clinics of North America Volume 52, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 129-153 Management of the Oncologic Patient

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