quote:NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An oral gel containing the anesthetic tetracaine reduces mouth soreness caused by radiation treatment for cancer of the head and neck, according to results of a study.
Mouth inflammation and sores, or mucositis, are a common and serious side effect of radiation therapy for head and neck cancer patients. Mucositis can lead to problems with drinking and eating, as well as infection.
"In our opinion," the authors conclude, "local application of anesthetic agents should be encouraged, but larger prospective randomized trials are required to confirm these data."
SOURCE: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics February 1, 2006.
Mouth gel curbs oral pain after cancer treatment