A lot is understood about how blood cancer treatments may impact on the mouth. In many instances the unpleasant effects are short-lived and will resolve once the treatment is completed. For other changes the impact can continue for extended periods, particularly for those who develop chronic GvHD after transplant.
Steps are routinely taken to help reduce the impact of the blood cancer treatments and to help keep the mouth comfortable. These include specific interventions designed to:
- Prevent or control viral, fungal or bacterial infections
- Give relief from pain (analgesic drugs)
- Reduce inflammation involving the lining of the mouth (typically different topical steroid preparations)
- Provide symptomatic relief from oral dryness.