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Will lung cancer ever affect my mouth?

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When you have lung cancer, you may notice that it even seems to affect your mouth. It could be dryer, or more sensitive, or painful, or have sores. Food might not even taste the way it usually does.

Usually, those changes are related to the treatments, not the disease itself. However, if your cancer spreads to your lymph nodes or other areas around your head or neck, it could cause problems like pain.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy"'; "A Guide to Radiation Therapy."

CDC: “Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss.”

CancerCare/LungCancer.org: "The Importance of Dental Care"; "Managing Oral Mucositis."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Mouth Care for Cancer Patients."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy"'; "A Guide to Radiation Therapy."

CDC: “Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss.”

CancerCare/LungCancer.org: "The Importance of Dental Care"; "Managing Oral Mucositis."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Mouth Care for Cancer Patients."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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