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The purpose of this clinical investigation is to evaluate acute and longlasting sideeffects at patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer treatment in the head and neck area.
The so called "Dental Team" at the Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Trondheim takes care of patients before, during and also after radiotherapy in the head and neck area. Inspite of the use of advanced radiation protocolls and prevention measures such like fluoridation splints they observe significant sideeffects, both under radiation and also on the long term after concluding treatment. Common problems are for eksample dermal and mucosal damages, reduced salivation,dysphagia and lesions of the teeth. Aim of the study is the investigation and documentation of sideeffects and complications in relation to the oral cavity. During the acute and postradiation phase a continous follow up over a longer lasting period is proceeded with registration of all relevant parameters. This includes among others dental status and evaluation of quality of life.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Mucositis of the Oral Mucosa
Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St.Olavs Hospital / NTNU
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:18:40-0400
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Lining of the ORAL CAVITY, including mucosa on the GUMS; the PALATE; the LIP; the CHEEK; floor of the mouth; and other structures. The mucosa is generally a nonkeratinized stratified squamous EPITHELIUM covering muscle, bone, or glands but can show varying degree of keratinization at specific locations.
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