Oncology

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Oral Care in Cancer Therapy: Oral Care Pre-Head & Neck Cancer Treatment

Drs. Deborah Saunders and Joel Epstein return to Oasis Discussions to discuss oral care before, during and after head and neck cancer treatment. Cancer is the leading cause of mortality in the world and it is expected to continue to grow. Infection-related cancers such as HPV, EBV and HCV are expected to play an important role in this increase. It is forecasted that a dentist will see ~1.3 newly diagnosed case of head and neck cancer every 10 years for every 1115 patients in a practice. As such, detection is an important aspect of the oral and dental examination. Oral ...

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A Primer on Maxillary Defects

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Angela Wong and Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, maxillofacial prosthodontists, about maxillary defects. Dr. Angela Wong, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist currently in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, DDS, MS, FACP is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Highlights Etiology Maxillary defects can present at birth as with cleft lip and palate or they can be acquired during life. Most acquired maxillary defects are caused by cancer, other causes include infection, trauma or other diseases. Oral cancer makes up about 3% ...

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Myth or Truth: Is Flossing Safe During Cancer Therapy?

Drs. Debbie Saunders and Joel Epstein dispel the myth about the safety of flossing for patients undergoing cancer therapy. Dr. Debbie Saunders is a Dentist and Medical Director of the Dental Oncology Program, Health Science North, in the North East Cancer Center. She is also Assistant Professor in the Norther Ontario School of Medicine.  Dr. Joel Epstein is Professor and Medical Director Cancer dentistry at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and the Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in City of Hope.  Highlights Flossing is fundamental in reducing inflammation in the gingival tissues. It ...

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Myth or Truth: Is active periodontal care not safe during chemotherapy or radiation?

Drs. Debbie Saunders and Joel Epstein dispel the myth about providing periodontal care for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.  Dr. Debbie Saunders is a Dentist and Medical Director of the Dental Oncology Program, Health Science North, in the North East Cancer Center. She is also Assistant Professor in the Norther Ontario School of Medicine.  Dr. Joel Epstein is Professor and Medical Director Cancer dentistry at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and the Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in City of Hope.  Highlights There is often confusion about whether patients that are undergoing ...

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CE Showcase: Dental Management of Cancer Patients – Key Points for the Private Practitioner

With this case presentation, Dr. David Yang, Oral Surgeon, speaks about managing cancer in private practice. This is phase 1 of the presentation where Dr. Yang presents the case and asks for your opinion on how to best manage this patient and how you would react in such a situation. Dr. David Yang is a speaker at the upcoming Pacific Dental conference. Click here for more information about the session he is presenting on March 17, 2016.    We welcome your feedback about this case. You have the option to remain anonymous in leaving your feedback. Please note that all your comments are ...

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Case Conference: How would you treat this 73-year old patient on chemotherapy? Case Resolution

Dr. Linda Lee presents how the case of a 73-year old female patient who is undergoing chemotherapy was resolved. Dr. Linda Lee DDS, MSc. Dipl. ABOP, FRCD(C), Oral Pathology/Medicine     She is Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto Staff Dentist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. Dr. Lee received her DDS degree in 1977 from the University of Toronto and her Certificate in Oral Pathology, Indiana University School of Dentistry Master of Science, Indiana University. Click here to view the case presentation    Watch the case resolution  

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Case Conference: How would you treat this 73-year old patient on chemotherapy?

Dr. Linda Lee presents the case of a 73-year old female patient who is undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Linda Lee DDS, MSc. Dipl. ABOP, FRCD(C), Oral Pathology/Medicine     Dr. Lee is Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto Staff Dentist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. Dr. Lee received her DDS degree in 1977 from the University of Toronto and her Certificate in Oral Pathology, Indiana University School of Dentistry Master of Science, Indiana University.       Watch the case presentation   We welcome your input about this topic. You have the option to remain anonymous in leaving your feedback. Please note ...

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Evaluating Neck Masses in Adults

This summary is based on the article published in the American Family Physician: Evaluation of Neck Masses in Adults (May 2015) James Haynes, MD; Kelly R. Arnold, MD; Christina Aguirre-Oskins, MD; And Sathish Chandra, MD Context Neck masses are often seen in clinical practice, and the clinician should be able to determine the etiology of a mass using organized, efficient diagnostic methods. The first goal is to determine if the mass is malignant or benign; malignancies are more common in adult smokers older than 40 years. Etiologies can be grouped according to whether the onset/duration is acute (e.g., infectious), subacute ...

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