Oral care manual for cancer patients
BC Cancer has developed a manual to provide user-friendly, evidence-based guidelines for the management of oral side effects of cancer therapy. This manual will allow community-based practitioners to more effectively manage patients in their practices. The information contained in this manual has been collected from many resources, most significantly from the work of the Oral Care Section of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer and the International Society of Oral Oncology.
It is well known that maintaining good oral health is important in cancer patients, including patients with hematologic malignancies. Oral pain or infections can cause delays, reductions, or discontinuation of life-saving cancer treatment. Poor oral health can also lead to negative impacts on a patient’s quality of life including psychological distress, social isolation, and inadequate nutrition. These guidelines have been developed to achieve better patient outcomes. The manual is available on the BC Dental Association’s website: https://bcdental.org/Dental_Health/Oral_Care_Manual_2018.pdf.
Early childhood oral-health resources
BC Dental Association also has new resources to educate expectant parents, new parents, and caregivers about the importance of early childhood oral health and the impact of early childhood caries on children’s healthy development. Visit www.yourdentalhealth.ca/kids-teens/babies-and-toddlers to view and download the Baby Teeth Matter pamphlet, available in English, Chinese, and Punjabi. Printed pamphlets are available to physicians in Richmond and Surrey (part of a prevention pilot in those communities) to provide to parents and caregivers. To request pamphlets for your clinic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “ECC pamphlet request.” Please include the following information:
- Number of pamphlets per language (units of 50). Please note quantities are limited.
- Office mailing address (Surrey and Richmond offices only).
- Contact name and phone number.
- Practice type (e.g., family practice or specialist [please specify]).
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About the ICMJE and citation styles
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