Intense chemotherapy or radiation therapy can cause oral mucositis (tissue swelling) to develop in the mouth of a cancer patient. To treat these sores, have the patient place ice chips in his or her mouth and repeat for up to 30 minutes.

This oral cryotherapy will immediately relieve acutely painful symptoms and plays a part in reducing the intensity of future oral mucositis when performed on a regular basis. — Karen Grant-Andrews, APRN, FNP-BC, New Orleans (182-9)

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