The Oral Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Side Effects Support LLC
When I read how Jill Meyer-Lippert, founder of Side Effect Support LLC, was helping cancer survivors and patients, I felt compelled to write a spotlight. Side Effect Support is an educational hub for the consequences cancer treatment has on oral health. But really, it’s a network of caregiving and guidance that feels friendly and personal. That's because it is personal. Jill was a Dental Nurse and Receptionist when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jill’s concern for the oral healthcare of those undergoing cancer treatment was born out of watching her mother suffer from the oral consequences of chemotherapy. Jill went on to become a Registered Hygienist and received an Oncology Management certificate. Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction, a member of the Registered Dental Hygienist Advisory Board for the Oral Cancer Foundation, and part of the Triage Cancer Speakers Bureau.
“While often an overlooked aspect of cancer care, oral health, and oral side effects can greatly affect quality-of-life and treatment outcomes. Damage to oral health that develops through the treatment process can have a significant long-term negative impact on overall health, requiring additional time consuming and costly care in a population that is already heavily burdened emotionally and financially.” Jill Meyer-Lippert, founder of Side Effects Support.
The consequences of cancer treatment can create lifelong oral challenges such as dry mouth, mouth sores, and oral mucositis.
Our mouths are the soul of human socialization. We share food, stories, and smiles. It can be heartbreaking when it hurts to laugh or when we can’t eat without feeling anxiety. Preparation and concern for oral healthcare during cancer are essential for the mind, not just the body. Imagine battling cancer unable to kiss your loved ones without pain? It’s the simple human pleasures that allow us to rise to our most significant challenges. The oral side effects of cancer treatment can be incredibly distressing and looking after these concerns can help keep a patient's mind focused on getting well.
At Dr. Heff’s, things can get quite clinical and scientific, which, don’t get me wrong, that’s important, but the reality is, we want to use our science to make people’s lives better. So, it’s terrific and reinforcing when we read about someone else on a mission to do the same.
This is why I wanted to share Side Effects Support LLC with our audience.
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