Review Article

Oral Mucositis: Addressing the Causes, Challenges, and Clinical Management

Carrie F. Daly, MS, RN, AOCN®, and Annette M. Quinn, MSN, RN

From Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Carrie F. Daly, MS, RN, AOCN®, reported a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of: Speakers’ Bureau, Roche Laboratories, Inc. Annette M. Quinn, MSN, RN, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

Correspondence to: Carrie F. Daly, MS, RN, AOCN®, Rush University Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail:; Annette M. Quinn, MSN, RN, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 5230 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. E-mail:

J Adv Pract Oncol 2011;2(Suppl 1):4–13 | © 2011 Harborside Press®



Oral mucositis remains one of the most painful and debilitating side effects of cancer therapy. A working knowledge of the risk factors for oral mucositis and oral cavity assessment protocols is essential to early identification of signs and symptoms in high-risk patients. The use of evidence-based guidelines and patient education will facilitate symptom management and supportive care strategies designed to avoid reductions, delays, or discontinuation of cancer treatment.

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