oa Professional Nursing Today - Mucositis - a nursing management approach : oncology nursing

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



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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