Next Article in Journal
Perceived Social Support from Significant Others among Binge Drinking and Polyconsuming Spanish University Students
Previous Article in Journal
The Design and validation of a Nursing Plan for Elderly Patients with Postoperative Delirium
Case Report

Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Oral Mucositis, Dysphagia, Oral Dryness, Taste Alteration, and Burning Mouth Sensation Due to Cancer Therapy: A Case Series

by 1,*, 2, 2 and 1
1
Department of Dental Science, Faculty of medicine, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium
2
Department of Hematology-Oncology, Hammoud Hospital University Medical Centre, Saida 652, Lebanon
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4505; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224505
Received: 19 October 2019 / Revised: 11 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 15 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
Oral complications of cancer therapy, such as oral dryness, dysphagia, and taste alteration, are associated with a negative impact in the quality of life of the patients. Few supportive care measures are available for such complications. This case series reveals the effectiveness of the photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy when used in a specific protocol and parameters, in the management of oral complications related to cancer therapy. Dysphagia was measured using the functional outcome swallowing scale for staging oropharyngeal dysphagia (FOSS). Oral mucositis was measured according to the National Cancer Institute scale. The quantity of the whole resting and stimulated saliva was measured in order to assess the oral dryness. In addition, the taste alteration was measured according to a protocol suggested by the International Standards organization (ISO). Sensation of burning mouth was measured using a visual analogue scale. These measurements were made before treatment, during, and at the end of the treatment. Diode laser 635 nm was used in 3 J/cm2. Five sessions interleaved with 24 h breaks were conducted for the dysphagia and oral dryness, and 10 sessions were conducted for the taste alteration and burning mouth sensation. Regardless of the limitations of this case series, PBM can be considered safe, time saving, and a promising approach for the management of the oral complications due to cancer therapy and the quality of life of cancer patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer complications; dysphagia; dysgeusia; oral dryness; supportive cancer care; taste alteration cancer complications; dysphagia; dysgeusia; oral dryness; supportive cancer care; taste alteration
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

El Mobadder, M.; Farhat, F.; El Mobadder, W.; Nammour, S. Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Oral Mucositis, Dysphagia, Oral Dryness, Taste Alteration, and Burning Mouth Sensation Due to Cancer Therapy: A Case Series. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4505. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224505

AMA Style

El Mobadder M, Farhat F, El Mobadder W, Nammour S. Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Oral Mucositis, Dysphagia, Oral Dryness, Taste Alteration, and Burning Mouth Sensation Due to Cancer Therapy: A Case Series. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(22):4505. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224505

Chicago/Turabian Style

El Mobadder, Marwan, Fadi Farhat, Wassim El Mobadder, and Samir Nammour. 2019. "Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Oral Mucositis, Dysphagia, Oral Dryness, Taste Alteration, and Burning Mouth Sensation Due to Cancer Therapy: A Case Series" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 22: 4505. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224505

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop