• A friend that has been diagnosed with lung cancer is wanting to know if her chemo and possible radiation is going to affect her teeth.

    Asked by NeckCancer on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    A friend that has been diagnosed with lung cancer is wanting to know if her chemo and possible radiation is going to affect her teeth.

    I was explaining how the radiation has destroyed my teeth and that the chemo probably had some to do with it too based on what I have read here. If she has no radiation to the head/neck/throat/ she won't have dental damage, will she? Or does the chemo do serious damage on its own?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I'm going to be on the side of yes chemo hurts them. From what has been reported here it's to varying degrees.

      3 months ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hi, I'm an oncology nurse and for lung cancer...it's really not an issue; especially if it is on the left lung. Oral cancers always have this problem. People who are on Zometa or Xgeva also have this issue because biphosphonate at higher doses cause osteonecrosis of the jaw. Unless she has the cancer at the apex of the right lung, I wouldn't worry... Even with that location, that's a pretty wide margin. In my experience it isn't something I would ever educate a patient on with a lung cancer diagnosis. I hope this helps.

      3 months ago
    • LeroyPerseHK's Avatar
      LeroyPerseHK

      Carm, you always have good information, thank you for helping us.

      3 months ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @LeroyPerseHK,
      Thank you kindly, I truly appreciate that.

      3 months ago
    • Created07's Avatar
      Created07

      I had R-CHOP for Non-Hodgkins, and it never hurt my teeth

      3 months ago
    • RockTom's Avatar
      RockTom

      I had radiation and ABVD for hodgkins and my teeth are going fast. Mainly from the radiation. So I can't offer anything about the chemo hurting them. I have heard of people that say they only had chemo and their teeth declined.

      3 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      I had chemo and radiation for metastatic colorectal cancer.

      After that I definitely had some problems with calcium leaving my body and I just finished getting about $6000 in dental work. I can't say that I totally attribute all of the problems I had to the treatments, but the health of my teeth declined sharply after I began treatments.

      I did have a met to the apex of my right lung that was treated with radiation. Now I have also had SBRT to the brain. I am not sure how that last part will mess with my teeth at all. I am hoping it won't do as much since SBRT is very tightly focused and I now know to be taking calcium supplements!

      3 months ago
    • NeckCancer's Avatar
      NeckCancer

      Thanks for all of your responses! I have passed them along to her and encouraged her to join us here.

      2 months ago

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