Dental consultation in patients planned for/undergoing/post radiation therapy for head and neck cancers

A questionnaire-based survey

Apeksha Mainali, K. Sumanth, Ravikiran Ongole, Ceena Denny

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-672
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Dental Research
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2011

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Head and Neck Neoplasms
Tooth
Radiotherapy
Referral and Consultation
Pharyngeal Neoplasms
Radiation Oncology
Mouth Neoplasms
Dentists
India
Quality of Life
Education
Surveys and Questionnaires
Therapeutics
Neoplasms
Radiation Oncologists

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  • Dentistry(all)

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Dental consultation in patients planned for/undergoing/post radiation therapy for head and neck cancers : A questionnaire-based survey. / Mainali, Apeksha; Sumanth, K.; Ongole, Ravikiran; Denny, Ceena.

In: Indian Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 22, No. 5, 01.09.2011, p. 669-672.

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