The dry mouth pump is a dry mouth therapy solution for dry mouth caused by radiation therapy in cancer patients
The dry mouth pump is a microprocessor driven device which releases small amounts of water (5ml/60 seconds) for a user-set duration at user-set intervals. The unit comes with a rechargeable battery that is recharged by the controller, making it portable. The mouth piece is a small comfortable fitting sponge attached to the small tubing.
Radiation Therapy Side Effects
Radiation treatment causes dry mouth
One of the radiation therapy side effects of radiation therapy used to fight cancer is dry mouth (xerostomia). Cancer radiation therapy will kill the glands that produce saliva. Without saliva you experience the side effect of dry mouth from radiation therapy. Radiation therapy treatment is most always necessary in fighting cancer along with surgery and chemo therapy. Consequently, chronic dry mouth is a radiation therapy side effect.
Relief is on the way for cancer patients suffering from dry mouth
For patients suffering from cancer in the mouth or throat, a recent study shows that a treatment called submandibular gland transfer will assist in preventing a radiation-induced condition called xerostomia. One thing to know about the gland transfer is that the surgeons can only do it for patients who have cancer in the oropharynx, the base of tongue and back. Read more about this promising procedure.