Oral Care

Position Paper: Oral Care for Hematology-Oncology Patients and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Recipients

The position paper is a joint project of the Oral Care Study Group and the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) Group to develop guidance for clinical stuff who provide oral care to patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The paper emphasizes the importance of basic oral care prior to, during, and after chemotherapy/HSCT. The protocol takes a practical approach and is based on the following principles: prevention of infections, pain control, maintaining oral function, and the need to manage oral complications of cancer treatment while improving quality of life.