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Before Starting Chemotherapy
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Before starting chemotherapy:

See your dentist. Chemotherapy drugs secreted into saliva have longterm effects on tooth enamel. Your dentist will tell you what you can do to protect your teeth and may have other suggestions as well.

Read about what to do during chemotherapy. The following 3 publications are on CancerNet, are free, are comprehensive. Print them out and read them thoroughly.

Chemotherapy and You. A Guide to Self-Help During Cancer Treatment
NIH Publication #99-1136. Revised June 1999

Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation (PDQ)
There are two versions of this, patient and health professional, and there are tabs so that you can switch between versions.
Best to read the Patient Version first, and then attack the Health Professional Version

Help yourself during chemotherapy

NCI Coping with Cancer Page has listed all of the above plus more and is an excellent site to browse. It lists many of the problems involved in dealing with cancer, its treatment, and its effects on lives.

For more information, call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER The call is free and a trained information specialist is available to answer your questions. The National Cancer Institute has booklets and other materials for patients, health professionals, and the public.


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