Oral health: basic or essential care?
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Oral health: basic or essential care?

Candy Cooley Head of division, Centre for Palliative Careand Oncology, University of Central England, Birmingham

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Oral care for people with cancer is particularly important. An inability to eat, the effects of potent medication and susceptibility to infection all contribute to the potential for oral problems. This article describes the causes, symptoms, care and treatment of oral problems, emphasising the highly important nursing role.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 1, 3,33-40. doi: 10.7748/cnp2002.04.1.3.33.c29