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Waging War on Cancer

Severe Oral Mucositis: Cancer’s Common Side Effect

Ask your friends or neighbors to list some of the common side effects of cancer and you’ll generally hear, hair loss, perhaps fatigue, sometimes weight loss and maybe even skin conditions. But chances are you won’t hear anyone mention severe oral mucositis—severe mouth sores. But SOM is a serious problem for those undergoing cancer treatment. So serious as to be life-threatening in some people—and in others it can be so severe that potentially life-saving cancer treatment must be stopped. In this program we’ll take a look at why these mouth sores develop as a result of cancer treatment—which patients are most vulnerable and what can be done to prevent or treat these sores when they occur.

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