Oral care is critical when you are going through cancer treatment. Learn how to reduce your risk for side effects.
Mouth sores (Oral Mucositis) are a common side effect of cancer treatments. Risks for developing mouth sores depend on the type of treatments, the dosage and duration. With chemotherapy, mouth sores typically appear 7-10 days after treatments and last 1-2 weeks. With radiation to the head and neck region, mouth sores tend to start about 2 weeks after treatment and can last throughout the duration of treatments. Oral mucositis can range from a mild tenderness in the mouth to large, painful ulcerations that disrupt the ability to eat, drink, speak and swallow. The most severe cases may result in the need to reduce dosages, delay or discontinue treatments.
Reduce your risks of mouth sores by taking action before they occur.
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Jill began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994. She earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Jill and her husband are the owners of Side Effect Support LLC, which is dedicated to helping oncology patients manage the oral side effects of cancer treatments.
Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction and a volunteer event organizer for the Oral Cancer Foundation. She is a member of both the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and the American Academy of Dental Oncology. She continues to practice in a general dentistry office in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Side Effect Support LLC offers oncology patients a range of products to serve the unique needs that they may face during chemotherapy or head & neck radiation. Visit www.sideeffectsupport.com.
Jennifer has been practicing dental hygiene in the beautiful state of Colorado for 15 years. However, she grew up in a dental office as her mom was a dental assistant.
For the last 3 years Jennifer has embarked on an exciting new turn in her career working in the hospital setting as an Oncology Dental Hygienist. Working mainly with head and neck cancer patients, she navigates dental needs prior to the start of radiation therapy and educates patients on the importance of oral care during treatment and how their dental needs will change in the future.
Head and neck cancer patients face an incredible journey surviving what is considered the most difficult of radiation therapy treatments. Jennifer is honored and proud to play a key role in their support and success.
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