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Soreness and ulceration of the lining of the mouth or throat is known as mucositis and can be very painful.
It can be caused by chemotherapy|, biological therapies|, and radiotherapy to the head and neck|. Damage to the cells lining the mouth or throat is usually temporary and most side effects will go when treatment ends.
Here are some helpful tips to keep your mouth healthy during treatment:
You can watch tips and advice about coping with a sore mouth.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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