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Dental consultation in patients planned for/undergoing/post radiation therapy for head and neck cancers: A questionnaire-based survey

*, Mainali A and *, Sumanth KN and Ongole, R and *, Denny C (2011) Dental consultation in patients planned for/undergoing/post radiation therapy for head and neck cancers: A questionnaire-based survey. Indian Journal of Dental Research , 22. pp. 669-672.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mouth and pharyngeal cancers account for approximately 6% of cancers worldwide. Radiotherapy is one of the means of treatment of head and neck cancer. Consultation with a dental team experienced in caring for patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer will improve the quality of life of such patients. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the attitude of oncologists toward dental consultation to patients planning for/prior to/undergoing/post radiation therapy for head and neck cancers and to evaluate the number of radiation oncologists who encounter oral complaints and consider worth referring to a dentist. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire-based study was carried out following mailing of covering letter and self-administered questionnaire comprising 11 items, to 25 radiation oncology centers selected in India based on convenient sampling. RESULTS: Out of the 25 centers, we received response from 20 centers with 60 completely filled questionnaires. Five centers did not respond for further correspondences. CONCLUSION: The study indicated a need for awareness and education among radiation oncologists regarding dental consultation in patients planned/undergoing /post radiation therapy for head and neck cancer

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental Consultation, radiation therapy, questionnaire
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Medicine and Radiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 06:18
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 06:18
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76477

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