Current therapies for Head and Neck cancer treatment are extremely advanced. Though, they cause oral complications which have deleterious effects on basic life functions, affect oral and overall health, may lead to significant morbidity and treatment discontinuation and have an impact on survivorship and quality of life. As new therapies are introduced, a new spectrum of oral complications is rising, compromising the mucosal integrity and the salivary function, that may not be recognized, reported and treated properly. Oral complications, often permanent and extremely painful, may include mucositis, xerostomia, dysgeusia, infections, trismus and fibrosis, risk of dental disease and necrosis of the jaw, neurosensory disorders and when targeted therapies and immunotherapy are involved, aphthoid and lichenoid lesions can also be reported. Increased awareness is required for the prevention and management of these complications, which can be best provided by a multidisciplinary team.

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Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Internal Medicine, Haematology, Oncology