Coping with Mouth Sores (Mucositis) in Childhood Cancer
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Mucositis is swelling inside the mouth and throat that can lead to painful ulcers and mouth sores.
There are several possible causes of mouth sores related to cancer and cancer treatment. Understanding the cause may help you and your health care team manage this side effect.
- Chemotherapy. Up to 40% of people receiving chemotherapy experience mouth sores.
- Radiation therapy to the head and neck area
- Bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Mouth sores are a possible sign of graft-versus-host disease, which is a side effect of these procedures.
The best way to manage mouth sores is to prevent them or treat them early. Here are some suggestions and options for preventing and treating mouth sores:
- Suck on ice chips immediately before and during each chemotherapy treatment. This may prevent mucositis caused by certain types of chemotherapy.
- Your child’s doctor may recommend specific pain-relief strategies if they develop mouth sores, including a mouthwash solution that contains lidocaine; over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol; or prescription pain medicine
It is important that you DO NOT give your child aspirin during cancer treatment unless your doctor tells says it is alright.
It is also wise to take special care of your child’s mouth during cancer treatment. The following suggestions below may help.
Take your child to visit an oncologic dentist before starting treatment if they will be receiving radiation therapy to the head and neck. An oncologic dentist is experienced in treating people with head and neck cancer.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Mucositis on our static page, Mouth Sores (Mucositis) in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 27 June, 2016, in Blog and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Mouth Sores, Mucositis, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.