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Cancer-Related Oral Health Care Services and Resources: A Survey of Oral and Dental Care in Canadian Cancer CentresFULL TEXT
Joel B. Epstein, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C)
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Methods: Provincial cancer centres were assessed by questionnaire to determine the resources available for oral care in these facilities.
Results: Wide variability in oral and dental care of patients with cancer across Canada and a lack of documented standards of care were reported. Very few cancer centres had institutionally supported dental staff to support the oral care of patients with cancer, and few had dental treatment capability on site. The majority of centres managed oral care needs in the community with the patient's prior dentist.
Conclusions: We recommend that national guidelines be developed for medically necessary oral and dental care for patients with cancer.
MeSH Key Words: antineoplastic agents/adverse effects; Canada; comprehensive dental care; health resources; mouth neoplasmsReply to this article | View replies 
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