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Oral complications in Chinese cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12527954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study the oral status and mucositis-related symptoms in 94 Chinese cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy for with curative intent were examined. Data were collected by a research nurse at three stages over a period of 16 days: at the start, on day 8, and on day 16 of chemotherapy. The majority of subjects experienced a mild to moderate degree of mucositis with the highest score reported on day 8. Patients with head and neck cancer had consistently higher scores for mucositis and symptoms in most phases. Oral mucositis and symptoms were significantly and positively correlated with consumption of spicy and/or hot (temperature) food, and frequency of use of mouthwashes. Significantly higher scores were found in patients who: ate hot (temperature) food, had low tolerance for hot food and spicy foods, and were taking Chinese medicinal herbs. Careful monitoring of patient diet preferences, cancer site, and use of Chinese medicine is recommended for comprehensive oral assessment. The alleviation of oral mucositis and the associated symptoms through promotion of an appropriate food/fluid intake and more frequent use of mouthwashes should be emphasized in oral care.
Carmen W H Chan; Anne M Chang; Alex Molassiotis; Idy Y M Lee; Gladys C T Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2002-12-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0941-4355     ISO Abbreviation:  Support Care Cancer     Publication Date:  2003 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-15     Completed Date:  2003-05-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9302957     Medline TA:  Support Care Cancer     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Nethersole School of Nursing, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
China / ethnology
Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use
Head and Neck Neoplasms / drug therapy
Middle Aged
Mouth Mucosa / pathology
Mouthwashes / administration & dosage
Neoplasms / drug therapy*
Severity of Illness Index
Stomatitis / chemically induced*,  ethnology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents; 0/Drugs, Chinese Herbal; 0/Mouthwashes

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