How effective are interventions for preventing oral mucositis in patients with cancer receiving treatment?
The patient groups studied were diverse, the associated treatment modalities were varied and the strength of the evidence of effectiveness was variable. As some interventions were studied exclusively in certain patient groups receiving specific treatment modalities, generalisation of the results to other tumour types and treatment modalities must be done with caution – some benefits may be specific to certain cancer types and treatments.
Treatment for cancer (including bone marrow transplant) can cause oral mucositis. This painful condition can cause difficulties in eating, drinking and swallowing, and may also be associated with infections which may require the patient to stay longer in hospital.