How big is the problem?
25-30% of all cancer patients undergoing chemo suffer form oral mucositis, and almost all of the BMT patients.
What is the economic cost?
Estimates vary from $1700-$6000, and upto $25 000 if hospitalized.
What is the therapeutic cost?
Many patients discontinue therapy increasing the risk of relapse.
To read more about the risk factors, the pathophysiological mechanisms and available therapeutic interventions go the the article, "Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients: Treatment Update," at Chemotherapy Advisor.
Malik, AK.Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients: Treatment Update. Chemotherapy Advisor. May 10, 2012. http://www.chemotherapyadvisor.com/oral-mucositis-in-cancer-patients-treatment-update/article/240497/. Accessed May 20, 2012.
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