Management of oropharyngeal mucositis pain.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Texas dental journal, Volume 127, Issue 5, p.463-81 (2010)

Keywords:

2010, Analgesics, Opioid, Antineoplastic Agents, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, Cranial Irradiation, Facial Pain, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Humans, Mucositis, Oral Hygiene, Oropharynx, Preoperative Care, Stomatitis

Abstract:

Effective pain control for mucositis requires constant attention and willingness on the part of managing clinicians to evaluate and adapt pain-relieving strategies throughout the period of risk for oral mucositis. By utilizing the principles of an individualized, tiered approach to pain management that addresses the multidimensional components of a patient's pain, maximum comfort can be consistently provided while reducing the risk for side effects.