oa Professional Nursing Today - Mucositis - a nursing management approach : oncology nursing
|Article Title||Mucositis - a nursing management approach : oncology nursing|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Professional Nursing Today|
|Publication Date||Jul 2008|
|Pages||14 - 16|
Mucositis is a general term that refers to the inflammatory reaction and shallow ulcerative lesions which occur on the mucosal surfaces. It is not limited to the oral mucosa. It is a common side-effect of cancer treatment and is considered to be an extremely debilitating complication associated with radiation and chemotherapy. The cancer patient's risk of developing mucositis varies. With a better understanding of the processes involved with mucosal injury, we can prepare effective protocols to manage mucositis, minimise discomfort and prevent further complications.
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