Oral cancer: risk factors, treatment and nursing care
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Oral cancer: risk factors, treatment and nursing care

Mark Foulkes Nurse consultant in cancer care and lead cancer nurse, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Berkshire Cancer Centre, Reading

Oral cancer occurs in a range of anatomical sites within the oral cavity and pharynx. Although oral cancer is relatively rare in the UK, it can have a significant effect on individuals, with treatment being associated with eating, drinking, speaking and breathing difficulties. Treatment may also result in alterations to body image and functionality, which can lead to depression. Therefore, nurses need to have knowledge of associated risk factors, treatment and nursing care to improve patient outcomes and enhance quality of life.

Nursing Standard. 28, 8,49-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.10.28.8.49.e7593

Received: 06 February 2013

Accepted: 13 June 2013

Published in print: 23 October 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review