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.
- Figure 16-1: Patient-Related Risk Factors for Oral Mucositis
- Table 16-1: Treatment-Related Risk Factors for Oral Mucositis
- Figure 16-2: Chemotherapeutic Agents With Affinity to Cause 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.