Long-Term Effects of Head and Neck Radiation on Oral Health
Because patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer are susceptible to complications affecting tissues of the oral cavity, a comprehensive understanding of side effects is pivotal to successful case management.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Explain the prevalence of head and neck cancer, as well as the estimated percentage of patients who will undergo radiation therapy and develop resulting oral complications.
- Discuss the categorization of head and neck cancer, and common approaches to treatment.
- List the oral complications of head and neck cancer therapy, and clinical management strategies for oral health professionals.
This course was issued in the May 2018 issue and expires 5/31/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.