Mucositis occurs when cancer treatments break down the rapidly divided epithelial cells lining the gastro-intestinal tract (which goes from the mouth to the anus), leaving the mucosal tissue open to ulceration and infection. Mucosal tissue, also known as mucosa or the mucous membrane, lines all body passages that communicate with the air, such as the respiratory and alimentary tracts, and have cells and associated glands that secrete mucus. The part of this lining that covers the mouth, called the oral mucosa, is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and is particularly vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiation. The oral cavity is the most common location for mucositis.
Oral mucositis is probably the most common, debilitating complication of cancer treatments, particularly chemotherapy and radiation. It can lead to several problems, including pain, nutritional problems as a result of inability to eat, and increased risk of infection due to open sores in the mucosa. It has a significant effect on the patient’s quality of life and can be dose-limiting (i.e., requiring a reduction in subsequent chemotherapy doses).
History of Working with Patients
LeMed Specialty Pharmacy has a long history of providing individualized care for patients with complex medication and treatment requirements. We collaborate with your care team to help avoid drug interactions, manage side effects and the complex treatment requirements to maintain quality of life.
Our team, including our Clinically trained Pharmacists are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer free blister packing to help you adhere to your complex treatment regimens and can blister pack weekly, bi-weekly or monthly to meet your changing needs. Our pharmacy team provides refill reminder calls to you ahead of time in order to prevent disruptions or delays in treatment. We offer free delivery service to ensure that you start your therapies promptly and remain adherent over time.