One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy is a sore mouth. Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells, but they also damage normal cells, including the cells in the mouth. A sore mouth can make eating, swallowing and even talking difficult.

Soreness in the mouth can also develop into painful mouth ulcers and may lead to an untimely infection, so strict oral care is essential pre, during and post chemotherapy. It’s very important to make your doctor or nurse aware that a problem with a sore mouth has arisen, but there are also some steps that can be taken at home to encourage a healthy mouth.