I had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Lauren Levi to a CDA Oasis conversation about treating patients with head and neck cancer. Oral cancer therapy is associated with a multitude of head and neck sequelae and dentists are pressed to come up with a treatment plan that not only minimizes the risk of these sequelae but also help educate the patient about oral hygiene instruction and methods to help reduce risk for developing these conditions.
Dr. Levi is is Clinical Instructor in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
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Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager
- Treatment planning for a patient undergoing oral cancer therapy is crucial because it may help minimize a patient’s risk for developing associated head and neck sequelae, which may halt a patient’s oncologic therapy.
- Clinicians should ideally prepare a treatment plan and treat patients recently diagnosed with cancer before they undergo oncologic treatment.
- Clinicians should emphasize that patients should maintain excellent oral hygiene while undergoing cancer therapy.
- Obtaining a thorough medical and dental history is crucial because treatment planning considerations may change depending on a patient’s medical history.
Full Interview (4.49″)