Cancer diagnosis overwhelms patients and caregivers. As the spouse of a patient with leukemia who received bone marrow transplant therapy, I share insights into the challenges these patients face. Oral healthcare professionals play a vital role during these trials. Dental teams, often at the oncology's behest, conduct comprehensive exams and treatments before cancer therapy starts. Providing timely and efficient dental care is essential to achieve clearance to proceed with cancer therapy. Dental infections can be catastrophic for these patients who may be immune compromised. Untreated oral issues could lead to hospitalization, jeopardizing treatment schedules. Advocating for patients' financial needs, often unmet by insurance, is vital. In this broader battle, dentistry's role eases pain, minimizes risks, and supports clinical outcomes.
Smiley, Christopher J.
"Dentistry’s Supporting Role for Cancer Patients,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 102:
4, Article 7.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol102/iss4/7