Journal article

Oral complications in Chinese cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Carmen WH Chan, Anne M Chang, Alex Molassiotis, Idy YM Lee, Gladys CT Lee

Support Care Cancer | Published : 2003

Abstract

In this study the oral status and mucositis-related symptoms in 94 Chinese cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy for with curative intent were examined. Data were collected by a research nurse at three stages over a period of 16 days: at the start, on day 8, and on day 16 of chemotherapy. The majority of subjects experienced a mild to moderate degree of mucositis with the highest score reported on day 8. Patients with head and neck cancer had consistently higher scores for mucositis and symptoms in most phases. Oral mucositis and symptoms were significantly and positively correlated with consumption of spicy and/or hot (temperature) food, and frequency of use of mouthwashes. Significantly ..

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