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Awareness of the risk of radiation-related caries in patients with head and neck cancer: A survey of physicians, dentists, and patients

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Martins, Beatriz Nascimento Figueiredo Lebre [1] ; Palmier, Natalia Rangel [1, 2] ; Prado-Ribeiro, Ana Carolina [1, 2] ; de Goes, Mario Fernando [3] ; Lopes, Marcio Ajudarte [1] ; Branda, Thais Bianca [2] ; Rivera, Cesar [4] ; Migliorati, Cesar Augusto [5] ; Epstein, Joel B. [6, 7] ; Santos-Silva, Alan Roger [1]
Total Authors: 10
[1] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Dept Oral Diag, Piracicaba Dent Sch, Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[2] Inst Canc Estado Sao Paulo ICESP FMUSP, Dent Oncol Serv, Av Dr Arnaldo 51, BR-01246000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Oral Rehabil Dept, Piracicaba Dent Sch, Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Talca, Dept Basic Biomed Sci, Talca - Chile
[5] Univ Florida, Coll Dent, Gainesville, FL - USA
[6] City Hope Comprehens Canc Ctr, Duarte, CA - USA
[7] Cedars Sinai Hlth Syst, Samuel Oschin Comprehens Canc Ctr, Los Angeles, CA - USA
Total Affiliations: 7
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Objectives. Radiation-related caries (RRC) is one of the most aggressive complications of radiotherapy (RT) in survivors of head and neck cancer (HNC). Lack of RRC awareness may contribute to the occurrence of this oral cavity complication. RRC may be considered a ``forgotten oral complication{''} by patients with HNC, oncologists, and dentists. The present study aimed to assess the level of awareness of RRC among physicians, dentists, and patients. Study Design. Physicians (group 1, G1), dentists (group 2, G2), and patients with HNC undergoing RT (group 3, G3) answered questionnaires concerning their awareness of RRC. Physicians (G1) were divided into group 1A (oncological experience) and group 1B (general physicians/other specialties). Dentists (G2) were divided into group 2A (oncological experience) and group 2B (general dentists/other specialties). Personalized questionnaires were designed for each group. Results. Recruitment was as follows: physicians (n = 124): 1A (n = 64), 1B (n = 60); dentists: (n = 280), 2A (n = 160), 2B (n = 120). In addition, 58 patients answered the questionnaire. In terms of RRC awareness, 46.77% of physicians, 81.78% of dentists, and 24.13% of patients had some knowledge of the problem. Conclusion. Patient awareness of RRC was poor. The heterogeneity of answers among physicians and dentists suggests an opportunity to improve patient education and prevention of this serious oral complication of RT. (Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol 2021;132:398-408) (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/22862-2 - Impact of age in radiation-induced oral toxicities of young patients with oral cancer
Grantee:Jaqueline de Lima Correia
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 13/18402-8 - Evaluation of the direct effects of radiation on the enamel, dentin and dental pulp of head and neck cancer patients
Grantee:Alan Roger dos Santos Silva
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/06138-1 - A prospective study of radiation-induced trismus in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma
Grantee:Ana Carolina Prado Ribeiro e Silva
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 18/04657-8 - Salivary protein markers of radiation-related oral toxicites
Grantee:Natália Rangel Palmier
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/02233-6 - Oncological safety of the use of intraoral and extraoral photobiomodulation in patients with oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
Grantee:Alan Roger dos Santos Silva
Support type: Regular Research Grants