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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0960
Contents: 1 Course Book (28 pages)
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Dental Management of Patients Who Have Undergone Oral Cancer Therapy

Price $29.95
Item # L0960
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: August 29, 2018

Expiration Date: August 29, 2021

Cancer patients have a high risk of oral complications due to chemotherapy and radiation. These therapies upset the healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth, and cause changes in the lining of the mouth and the salivary glands.

This intermediate-level course reviews the complications seen in the oral cavity associated with oral cancer therapies and how to help patients mitigate these complications. This information will help the practitioner provide up to date care for their patients undergoing oral cancer treatment.


AGD Subject Code: 730
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the effects of oral cancer therapies on the skin and oral mucosa, and the methods to prevent and treat them.
  • Recognize the effects oral cancer therapies have on the hard tissues of the oral cavity including teeth and bone, and how to prevent and treat them.
  • Describe how the salivary glands, muscles of mastication, temporomandibular joint, tongue and taste buds are affected by oral cancer therapies, and how to manage these sequelae.
  • Explain how to treat neurotoxicity, pain, and oral infections as complications of oral cancer therapies.

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilita­tion facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day man­agement of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.