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Review Date: January 27, 2017
Expiration Date: January 26, 2020
Original Release Date: July 30, 2013
Cancer patients who receive radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and bone marrow or solid organ transplants are at increased risk for orofacial infection and systemic complications. The breakdown of the oral mucosa in patients with cancer may be caused by primary effects of the infectious agent, underlying systemic disease, or the toxic and immunosuppressive effects of therapy.
This basic-level course, appropriate for dentists, hygienists, and assistants, reviews the oral effects of chemotherapy, including alterations in the oral mucosa; the different oral lesions and oral infections usually seen in patients undergoing chemotherapy; and how to best manage patients’ oral health needs before, during, and after chemotherapy treatment. The dental professional’s goals in caring for this segment of the patient population are to maintain the integrity of the oral mucosa, prevent secondary infection, provide pain relief, and maintain dietary intake.
AGD Subject Code: 750
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
- Explain alterations seen in the oral mucosa caused by chemotherapy.
- Recognize the different oral lesions seen in the immunocompromised patient.
- Identify the sources of oral infections seen in immunocompromised patients.
- Outline the protocols for the dental management of patients before, during, and after chemotherapy.
Evan B. Rosen, DMD, MPH, is a maxillofacial prosthodontist and lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Rosen completed his master’s degree in public health at Florida International University, his doctor of dental medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and his prosthodontics residency at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, New York. Dr. Rosen continued his professional training by completing a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Rosen is actively engaged in research focusing on quality of life outcomes and the management of medically complex patients.
Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, BS, CDA-Emeritus, earned her bachelor of science degree in allied health education in dental auxiliary utilization and a community college teaching certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her dental career as an associate-degreed certified dental assistant in private practice. Following a 7-year dental assisting teaching career at Orange County Community College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erie County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Niagara County Community College, she began writing on dental topics for Dental Assisting Magazine, eventually rising to the position of managing editor. Ms. Dietz-Bourguignon has worked in dental marketing, project management, and product development at Semantodontics and in legal administration for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. She has published five books in the dental assisting market, including Dental Office Management and Safety Standards and Infection Control for Dental Assistants, and has been keynote speaker at the American Dental Assistants Association Annual Session. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including The Dental Assistant, Dentist, The Dental Student, Dental Economics, RDH, and Dental Teamwork.
- 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.