April 21, 2014

Board Certified Prosthodontists Treat Oral Fungal Infections Common for During Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment, involving radiation therapy or chemotherapy, results in a high incidence of oral and gastrointestinal side effects.  Prosthodontists see patients with oral candidiasis on a regular basis.  An extensive study of several large clinical trials was undertaken to look at the effectiveness of different modes of therapy in the treatment of the condition.

The importance of this treatment is that non-treatment is associated with oral and systemic infections, dysphagia, pain, longer hospitalization, greater cost, and affect on the quality of life.  While there is insufficient evidence that any of the antifungal drugs may cure fungal infections in the mouth, prosthodontists have effective measures for reducing the severity of the symptoms.

Source:  wiley.com&citation Id=1579029

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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