A survey of current practice with regard to oral care for children being treated for cancer

A. M. Glenny (Lead / Corresponding author), F. Gibson, E. Auld, S. Coulson, J. E. Clarkson, J. V. Craig, O. B. Eden, H. V. Worthington, B. Pizer

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    The aim of the study was to establish current UK oral care practice for children with cancer. A telephone survey of all 22 United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group (UKCCSG) centres was undertaken. Nineteen (86%) of the centres reported using guidelines/protocols for mouth care. The use of routine preventive oral care therapies showed the greatest variation between centres. Four centres (18%) did not use any prophylactic oral care therapy other than basic oral hygiene, whereas seven (32%) routinely used a combination of three or more agents. Chlorhexidine was the most frequently administered prophylactic therapy (17/22 centres, 77%), followed by nystatin (11/22 centres, 50%). There was little variation in advice given to parents/patients on basic oral hygiene. Regarding dental check-ups, 9/22 centres (41%) recommended children to attend a hospital-linked dental clinic. Only at 8/22 centres (36%) did children undergo a dental check-up before commencing cancer treatment. The survey identified significant variation in preventive oral care therapies and dental check-ups at the UKCCSG centres. Attention needs to be given to establishing evidence based, effective strategies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1217-1224
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - May 2004


    • Adolescent
    • Chemotherapy
    • Child
    • Child, preschool
    • Dental health surveys
    • Mouth diseases
    • Oral hygiene
    • Radiotherapy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Cancer Research


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