WHAT IS ORAL MUCOSITIS (OM)?
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral mucositis is probably the most common, debilitating complication of cancer treatments, particularly chemotherapy & radiation. Mucositis (mouth sores) is a severe adverse complication of chemotherapy & radiation treatments. OM is an inflammatory reaction of the mucous lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the bowels, which is characterized by painful ulcerations of the mouth, lips, throat & digestive tract lining. Mucositis has a very significant effect on the patient's quality of life & leads to several problems: open sore pain, inability to eat/nutritional concerns & increased risk of infection. This painful side effect can result in treatment interruption, dose reductions or even treatment discontinuation.
Signs of Mucositis (OM):
-Red, shiny sores or swelling in the mouth: gums, tongue or throat
-Soreness, dryness, mild burning, blood or pain in the mouth or throat cavity
-Pain & difficulty swallowing, talking or eating
-Soft, whitish patches, pus in the mouth or increased mucus/saliva
Chemotherapy Oral Mucositis:
Oral mucositis is estimated to occur in 20% - 40% of patients receiving conventional chemotherapy & up to 80% of patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy. When caused by chemotherapy, mucositis is usually due to the low white blood cell count.
Approximate Timing Following Chemo:
Onset of signs - Shortly after administration | Peak - 7 to 14 days | Resolution - 14 to 21 Days
Radiation Oral Mucositis:
Patients receiving radiation to the head, neck, or chest areas & patients who undergo bone marrow or stem cell transplant, are even more likely to develop OM. Nearly all patients receiving fractionated radiation for head & neck cancers experience OM. When caused by radiation, OM is usually due to the necrotic & inflammatory effect of radiation energy on oral mucosa.
Onset of signs - 2 to 3 wks after treatment | Peak - Continuous throughout treatment | Resolution - 2 to 4 weeks after last done
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Testimonials from Verified Cancer Related ~ Oral Mucositis Users:
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"Took my last chemo at the end of December & so happy it’s over. They said this would be the hardest one to deal with and I guess they were right. The Soothie pops have been lifesavers for me. Something I have discovered, if I eat right one before I go to bed, coats my mouth and it feels so much better the next morning. They also helped when I got thrush after treatment" - R. L.
"Where was this product when I went through breast cancer? They told us to eat ice chips during our treatment. It was awful!" - K. E.
“I had dental work done & got a sore in my mouth. My sister gave me Soothie Frost. I tried them & they helped! I have a friend who just started chemo. Her mouth has broke out in sores. Sending pops to my friend. Excited to be able to help her!” - N. S.
“The pops for my mother who has been battling cancer off and on for the past 20+ years now. What she is using has stopped working on the spots on her lungs and now she will be using what they originally prescribed when she had her mastectomy. She remembers having mouth sores back then, so we are preparing for them ahead of time! Thank you for the help.” - J. R.
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Soothie frost Inspiration & Origin Story:
"Several years ago my 3 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. One of the side effects of her chemo treatment caused mouth sores so severe that she could not talk let alone drink or eat. It was very scary & upsetting. One of my good friends, was so moved by my granddaughter’s suffering she decided to find something to help mouth sores ~ Through her tenacious research, testing, talking to experts, etc... my friend invented Soothie Frost patented formula! I personally have used Soothie Frost on my mouth sore & it stopped the pain & healed it in one use. The world needs more compassionate, caring people like the creator of this product & I will be forever thankful to her. BTW - My granddaughter is now a thriving, vibrant & very active happy little girl enjoying elementary school. She is doing great!’" - J. O.
"Those nasty mouth sores are the worst! I remember when my three year old daughter couldn't talk for a couple of days because they were so bad from the chemo treatments. It was awful. I'm so happy that this product is taking such initiative to help ease cancer fighters' pain because there is a tremendous amount of it during chemo. Anything to lessen their pain is a gift." - B. O.