HASCOCC 2014 Annual Meeting by Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis
The 3rd annual Days of Oral Oncology meeting was successfully organized by the HASCOCC (Hellenic Association of Supportive Care of the Oral Cavity in Cancer) in May 2014.
The meetingʼs focus was on the role of dentists (who are experienced with oncology patients) in the supportive care for oral complications from cancer therapies in collaboration with the patientʼs radiation or medical oncologist or hematologist. The importance of the early diagnosis of oral and or opharyngeal cancer was also stressed.
The sessions were chaired by oncologists, while the oral complications were presented by oral/dental professionals. Graduate dental students presented educational case reports on oral complications such as xerostomia, mTORI-related ulcers, osteonecrosis of the jaw, oral candidiasis, invasive oral mycoses and other oral complications. Management strategies were suggested for each case in collaboration with each patientʼs oncologist.
Thus, a mutual interaction developed, which was equally interesting and fruitful for both professional groups.
It was pointed out that optimal oral care during cancer treatment can contribute to the maintenance of oral health related quality of life and to the increased success of the antineoplastic therapy.
The meeting was well attended by dentists, oncologists and other health care professionals and the results of the meeting were widely published in the Dental News Journal and the media.