Hong Kong Med J 2007;13(Suppl 1):S20-3
Nursing management of oral mucositis in cancer patients
AM Chang, A Molassiotis, CWH Chan, IYM Lee
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
1. Oral care by nurses can help to reduce patients’ mucositisrelated symptoms arising from stomatotoxic chemotherapy.
2. Further education and reinforcement of the importance of oral care is crucial to increase the ‘dose’ of oral care received by patients undergoing chemotherapy.
3. Additional research is needed to develop measurements that can distinguish mucositis-related symptoms and functions, determine necessary interventions based on the underlying causes, and stratify patients according to key risk factors.