Acute and Longlasting Side Effects Caused by Radiotherapy in the Head and Neck Area
The "Dental Team" at the Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Trondheim takes
care of patients before, during and also after radiotherapy in the head and neck area. In
spite of the use of advanced radiation protocols and prevention measures such as
fluoridation splints the team observes significant side effects, both under radiation and
also on the long term after concluding treatment. Common problems are for example dermal and
mucosal damages, reduced salivation, dysphagia and lesions of the teeth. Aim of the study is
the investigation and documentation of side effects and complications in relation to the
oral cavity. During the acute and postradiation phase a continuous follow-up over a longer
lasting period is proceeded with registration of all relevant parameters. This includes
among others dental status and evaluation of quality of life.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Christoph M Ziegler, Prof.Dr.Dr.
St.Olavs Hospital / NTNU
Norway: Directorate of Health