Tandstatus hos patienter som behandlats för huvud- och halscancer med radioterapi samt deras upplevleser av sin munhälsa.

  • Camilla Leander
  • Rosemarie Bladh

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    The purpose of this study was to examine the dental status in patients five years after completion of radiation therapy to the head and neck cancer and compare this with the dental status immediately before radiotherapy. A further aim was to investigate how patients perceived their oral health. A quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 21 patients treated with radiotherapy involving all or parts of the oral cavity, which was on tour to be invited for a five-year control. Patients were called from a patient associated at the dentist at the hospital on Käkkirurgiska clinic in Lund. The study was divided into three parts: a retrospective analysis of dental journals- and radiographs, a clinical examination and a questionnaire about oral health. In total 43 (2.3 teeth on average and range 0-6) teeth had been lost over five years.

    Most of the investigated patients experienced a reducted in quality of life following after radiotherapy. Teeth was lost, repaired and replaced. Salivary secretion was low and they experienced difficulties in chewing and swallowing. Osteoradionecroses was found after therapy in individuals and may be a consequence of radiotherapy.


    Date of Award2009-Nov-02
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorPia Andersson (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Dentistry (30216)

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