HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New mouthwash helps with pain linked to head and neck cancer

Doctors in Italy are studying whether a new type of mouthwash will help alleviate pain for patients suffering from head and neck cancer who were treated with radiation therapy, according to a study published in the February 1, 2006, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Fifty patients, suffering from various forms of head and neck cancer and who received radiation therapy as part of their treatment, were observed during the course of their radiation treatment. Mucositis, or inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth, is the most common side effect for these patients yet no additional therapy has been identified that successfully reduces the pain. All of the patients experienced some level of pain related to their cancer treatment and this study sought to discover if a mouthwash made from the local anesthetic tetracaine was able to alleviate the discomfort associated with head and neck cancer and if there would be any negative side effects of the mouthwash. The doctors chose to concoct a tetracaine-based mouthwash instead of a lidocaine-based version because it was found to be four times more effective, worked faster and produced a prolonged relief.

The tetracaine was administered by a mouthwash approximately 30 minutes before and after meals, or roughly six times a day. Relief of oral pain was reported in 48 of the 50 patients. Sixteen patients reported that the mouthwash had an unpleasant taste or altered the taste of their food.

"Though our study is relatively small, we found that the tetracaine-based mouthwash reduced oral pain, without any relevant side effects, in a sizeable number of our studied patients. With more testing, this could become a more common way to treat this side effect," said Daniela Alterio, M.D., lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the European Institute of Oncology
'"/>

Contact: Nick Lashinsky
nickl@astro.org
703-227-0185
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
1-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Device helps physically disabled turn on computer
2. Case study: cross-cultural bioethics training program helps fight African brain drain
3. New drug development facility helps move medicines to market
4. Research shows aerobic exercise helps maintain muscle in elderly
5. Virtual autopsy helps identify drowning as cause of death
6. Topical retinol helps reduce wrinkles associated with natural skin aging
7. Transplanting human gut bugs into mice helps understanding of metabolic system
8. Quick, innovative procedure helps men minimize incontinence after prostatectomy
9. New research helps overcome major CPAP problem
10. MS drug helps reduce vision loss
11. Strong marriage helps couples deal with tempermental baby

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/7/2018)... ... August 07, 2018 , ... The American ... selected to receive the 2018 Board of Directors Student Scholarship . The ... of psychiatric-mental health nursing and develop the next generation of leaders in the ...
(Date:8/3/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, ... the Bible meant only to be understood in this current generation. Yisrayl says he ... decode passages that he says scholars have struggled with for generations. Yisrayl says the ...
(Date:8/2/2018)... Pa. (PRWEB) , ... August 02, 2018 , ... ... lifeIMAGE medical image e-sharing platform to connect clinicians inside and outside ... patients suffering a life-threatening stroke or trauma. , AHN joins other leading hospital ...
(Date:8/2/2018)... Conn. (PRWEB) , ... August 02, 2018 , ... ... (TGA) to its prestigious Top 20 Training Delivery Companies of 2018 . ... “Our mission is to empower training industry professionals with the game-based tools they ...
(Date:8/2/2018)... ... August 01, 2018 , ... Primary care practices in Rochester, ... makes actionable recommendations for victims and their doctors. , A team of researchers ... (RESOLVE) developed the software program. , “Family care practitioners are often the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2018)... ... 15, 2018 , ... During a special ceremony at the ... Illinois, was named the grand prize winner of the 2018 IsaBody Challenge®. The ... a global health and wellness company providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions. , ...
(Date:8/14/2018)... ... August 14, 2018 , ... ... commitment of more than $270,000 to expand a popular pet therapy program. ... full-time coordinator to facilitate more visits to patients throughout the hospital and outpatient ...
(Date:8/11/2018)... ... August 10, 2018 , ... Last month, Dr. Tim Herman, ... to deliver dental care in underserved communities surrounding its capital of Asunción. Along with ... Dr. Herman volunteered his time to help deliver care to over 550 individuals in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: