Should the HPV positive oropharyngeal cancer patient be considered for a two-stage dental assessment for their radiation treatment?

Vinod Patel*, Jerry Kwok, Mary Burke, Teresa Guerrero Urbano, Michael Fenlon

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Abstract

Patients due to commence head and neck radiation treatment are expected to undergo a dental assessment and be deemed ‘dentally fit’. Though this intervention is welcomed by the dental fraternity it is not without its challenges especially in human papilloma virus (HPV) related oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) which has seen a phenomenal rise over the past decade. This perspective piece presents these challenges and proposes a potential adaption of the dental assessment for HPV OPC patients though not necessarily exclusive to this tumour sub-site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Volume164
Early online date5 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Dental assessment
  • IMRT
  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Radiotherapy

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