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About Oral Medicine and Oral Oncology

  • Oral Medicine - Dr. Nathaniel Treister with patient

  • As a cancer patient, you may be at risk for experiencing treatment-related complications in the mouth. Our oral medicine experts will work closely with you and your care team to help you maintain optimal oral health, and minimize the risk of developing oral problems. The Oral Medicine and Oral Oncology clinical team is available before, during, and after cancer treatment to ensure that you remain healthy and comfortable throughout your treatment and beyond.

    The Oral Medicine and Oral Oncology service at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center provides comprehensive oral health care services for cancer patients and cancer survivors. Maintaining good oral health and function throughout treatment and after completion of cancer care is important for your overall health and well-being.

    Our doctors are trained and board-certified in oral medicine, and have expertise in the diagnosis and management of oral complications that can occur in cancer patients, including dental and non-dental conditions. We provide personalized care taking into consideration your cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as individual risk factors. As part of the comprehensive care team, experts in oral medicine are available throughout your care to ensure optimal oral health, function, and well-being.

    We offer the following clinical services:

    • Dental screening program for patients scheduled to receive head and neck radiation therapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and antiresorptive (bone-strengthening) therapies.
    • Management of oral complications of cancer therapy, including dry mouth, mucositis (mouth sores), infections, jaw osteonecrosis, graft-versus-host disease, and other conditions.
    • Patient education and counseling that is personalized and tailored to your specific risks and needs.
    • Survivorship and long-term follow-up programs for patients at increased risk for developing late oral complications.