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Mucositis is swelling and sores in the lining of your digestive tract. This includes your mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and rectum. When it's in the mouth, this problem is also called oral mucositis or stomatitis. Mucositis can cause mouth and throat sores that make it painful to eat, drink, or swallow. It may also cause chest and belly pain, nausea, diarrhea, and bloody stools.
Mucositis is a common side effect of cancer treatments such as some chemotherapy and radiation. It can make you more likely to get an infection in the digestive tract. Mucositis and its symptoms are treated with medicines and home care.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Adaptation Date: 3/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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