Incidence of Oral Mucositis Varies Across Patient Populations

The incidence of oral mucositis varies across populations of patients with cancer and is related to individual patient factors and the type of therapy being received.

  • Standard-dose chemotherapy: 40% incidence
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: 80% incidence
  • Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers: nearly 100% incidence

The following table and figures provide more information about risk factors for oral mucositis.

Note. From Oral mucositis. (2010). In C.G. Brown (Ed.), A guide to oncology symptom management (pp. 333–345). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. Reprinted with permission.


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