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FDC2021 Session Directory

Head and Neck Cancer Symposium: Oral Complications and Dental Management

Course Code: C10
Speaker: Dr. Nancy Bouchard, DDS, MHP, RDH
Co-Speaker(s): Dr. Seena Patel, DMD, MPH
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 9:00 AM
End: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12:00 PM
Track: ORAL MEDICINE, ORAL PATHOLOGY
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Dental Student

Description:

Cancer is a devastating disease that has many physical, emotional and social implications accounting for 23% of deaths in the U.S. Despite recent advances in imaging, surgery, radiation and systemic therapies, the overall survival rate of head and neck cancer has only improved by about 15% in the last 50 years. Dentists and dental hygienists play an integral role in the prevention of head and neck cancers and in the dental management of patients going through cancer treatment. This content-rich lecture will provide prevention strategies and treatment protocols to aid patients through the difficult journey of cancer treatments and beyond.

Attendees will understand the importance of screening and prevention at the conclusion of this course. Drs. Bouchard and Patel will discuss the oftentimes devastating impact of oral cancer on patients, including mucositis, xerostomia, rampant caries, social withdrawal, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Protocols will be provided describing necessary oral treatment such as which teeth to extract, how to use fluoride for prevention and which medicaments help with painful symptoms. After cancer treatment has been completed, the vital role as oral health care providers continues. Attendees will learn to recognize which dental materials are most likely to provide the best outcomes and what preventive measures are necessary for your patient’s long-term well-being and quality of life.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to: 

  • describe the epidemiology of head and neck cancers and the role HPV has on this disease. 

  • describe the clinical characteristics of head and neck cancers.  

  • provide comprehensive screening and prevention techniques. 

  • understand the changes patients experience — physical, mental and emotional — and the impact this cancer has on their lives.  

  • explain the role of fluoride to reduce the significant risk of radiation-induced caries.  

  • implement clinical protocols for the whole oral health care team before, during and after head and neck cancer treatment. 



Speaker: Dr. Nancy Bouchard, DDS, MHP, RDH

About the speaker: Dental degree, University of Maryland School of Dentistry; registered dental hygienist; former faculty, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and Boston University School of Dental Medicine; private practice, Fort Myers Beach, FL.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.


Co-Speaker: Dr. Seena Patel, DMD, MPH

About the speaker: Dental degree, A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH); residency in orofacial pain and oral medicine, University of Southern California; assistant professor and associate director, ATSU-ASDOH; Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain and American Board of Oral Medicine.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.







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