New research has suggested than Caphosol, an oral electrolyte solution, can be effective in treating oral mucositis in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
According to Medical News Today, oral mucositis affects approximately 400,000 cancer patients every year, causing redness, swelling and ulceration of the mucosa membranes in the mouth and making it difficult for suffers to eat and speak.
Now, research conducted by Mountain Radiation Oncology in Asheville, North Carolina, found that Caphosol - defined as a "supersaturated electrolyte oral rinse" - has a positive effect on both the severity and incidence of the condition in the majority of cases.
Dr Marilyn Haas, who led the research, said that "at high grades [oral mucositis] results in severe pain and diminished quality of life".
"It was therefore quite encouraging to observe the low use of pain medication and high levels of satisfaction among Caphosol users, as well as the high ratings of efficacy by the physicians," she concluded.
In related news, researchers in Japan recently found a link between certain types of cancer and gum disease.
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