In both patients who undergo radiotherapy because of a tumour in the head and neck region and patients who are treated with high doses of chemotherapy because of haematological disorders, prior to treatment an oral foci screening is carried out. The aim of this focus investigation is to identify oral abnormalities, the so-called oral foci. Such foci can lead to oral problems during or post-treatment. A careful oral foci screening, conforming to protocol, appears to be very relevant for patients who have to undergo head and neck radiotherapy. Particular attention must be devoted to the evaluation of the perodontium, because the chance of disorders affecting the bone-healing that appear post-radiotherapy in the head and neck region is increased in patients with periodontitis. In patients with a haematological disorder, asymptomatic, chronic foci do not require treatment prior to or during the oncological treatment because such oral foci do not increase an extra risk of infectious complications, despite what was hitherto believed.
|Rubriek||Onderzoek en wetenschap|
|Publicatiedatum||5 mei 2017|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 124 - editie 5 - mei 2017; 279-281|