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Vol 26, No 1 (2021)
Technical note
Published online: 2021-01-22
Submitted: 2021-01-14
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Management of intraoral stents for radiotherapy during COVID-19 pandemic

Aljomar José Vechiato Filho, Karina Morais Faria, Maria Cecília Querido de Oliveira, Ariadne Padilha de Andrade, Ana Carolina Prado-Ribeiro, Alan Roger Santos-Silva, Alvin G. Wee, Thais Bianca Brandão
DOI: 10.5603/RPOR.a2021.0021
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2021;26(1):159-161.

open access

Vol 26, No 1 (2021)
Technical Notes
Published online: 2021-01-22
Submitted: 2021-01-14

Abstract

Radiotherapy is being performed in many situations as a curative approach for head and neck cancer instead of surgery due to the current novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. A recent publication reported that even hypofractionation was being conducted in order to reduce the daily exposure of both patients and the medical staff involved in cancer therapies. As a result, dental teams may be requested more frequently than usual to fabricate intraoral stents (IOS). Given that IOS may be a potential source of COVID-19 contagion, the main purpose of the present correspondence is to offer a guide on how health professionals may be safely presented in the room, on the management of the IOS and also how to sanitize the stents.   

Abstract

Radiotherapy is being performed in many situations as a curative approach for head and neck cancer instead of surgery due to the current novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. A recent publication reported that even hypofractionation was being conducted in order to reduce the daily exposure of both patients and the medical staff involved in cancer therapies. As a result, dental teams may be requested more frequently than usual to fabricate intraoral stents (IOS). Given that IOS may be a potential source of COVID-19 contagion, the main purpose of the present correspondence is to offer a guide on how health professionals may be safely presented in the room, on the management of the IOS and also how to sanitize the stents.   

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Keywords

radiotherapy; intraoral stents; oral cancer

About this article
Title

Management of intraoral stents for radiotherapy during COVID-19 pandemic

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 26, No 1 (2021)

Article type

Technical note

Pages

159-161

Published online

2021-01-22

DOI

10.5603/RPOR.a2021.0021

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2021;26(1):159-161.

Keywords

radiotherapy
intraoral stents
oral cancer

Authors

Aljomar José Vechiato Filho
Karina Morais Faria
Maria Cecília Querido de Oliveira
Ariadne Padilha de Andrade
Ana Carolina Prado-Ribeiro
Alan Roger Santos-Silva
Alvin G. Wee
Thais Bianca Brandão

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