About Oral Mucositis Burden

Oral mucositis represents an important clinical issue due to:

  • pain requiring analgesics or narcotics;

  • need for parenteral nutrition;

  • risk of infection and sepsis;

  • delayed patient discharge;

  • increased costs.

Given its significant negative impact on patients' therapy, functionality, and QoL, and its high associated costs, the need to prevent and treat oral mucositis is of fundamental importance.



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American Cancer Society

Pain Management and Risk of Infection and Sepsis
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Impact on Nutrition
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Delayed Patient Discharge and Economic Burden
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Dose Reduction Associated to Oral Mucositis
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Quality of Life
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