Cancer Therapy-Induced Mucositis: Where Are We Now?

Editor(s): L.J Wedlake, G. Loader Clinical Nutrition Highlights volume 3 issue 3 , 2007


Mucositis is a general term for the erythematous, erosive, inflammatory and ulcerative lesions that occur in the mucosal lining of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus and entire gastrointestinal tract secondary to cytotoxic treatment.1 Mucositis compromises cancer treatment and impacts healthcare costs through increased length of hospital stay, need for nutritional support and the requirement for pharmaceutical prescription.2 It can result in death, indirectly through severe malnutrition and attendant complications or directly due to sepsis.