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Kıvanç Bektaş Kayhan

Born in Izmir, 1976. Graduated from ISTEK Semiha Sakir High School in 1994. After that started education at Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry and graduated 2000. Same year started PhD proggrame in Istanbul University Oral Medicine and Surgery. In 2006, finished thesis which is about "searching the L-myc gene polymorphism in oral squamous cell carsinoma patients" and earned the DDS.PhD title. She had continue to work the same department and Assumed the title of Assoc.Prof. In 2013. Published one book in which she co-authored with Prof. Dr Meral Ünür, chapter writer in foreign language book, she had over 40 articles for domestic and journals and 2 international science awards. Currently she is working at Istanbul University Faculty of  Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine and Surgery.

Oral Rehabilitation of Head and Neck Cancer Patients After Therapy

The oral rehabilitation in head and neck cancer patients is a challenge for the physician in charge of the case because a variety of functions can be affected, such as speech, deglutition, management of oral secretions and mastication. Surgical treatment of malignancies in the oral cavity and subsequent radiotherapy often result in an anatomic and physiological oral condition unfavorable for prosthodontic rehabilitation.Considering the patient will be forever change after surgery, the main goal of oral rehabilitation is to restore the patient’s oral functions following surgery. Moreover the side effects of the various treatments (esp. Radiotherapy) that head and neck cancer patients under go are enormous, including xerostomia, mucositis, dysgeusia, dental hypersensitivity, fungal infections, ulceration, gingival bleeding, trismus, pain, reduced salivary flow and inability to use removable prosthesis. All of these side effects must be accounted throughout the process of oral rehabilitation because all of them will have an influence in the success or failure of the rehabilitation of the patient. The strategy and techniques for the rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients are directly related to the type of cancer, the extent, invasive vs. non-invasive, lymph nodes and metastasis involved, type of surgery and radiation modalities used. Dental implants are mandotary in most of the cases for a functional dental rehabilitation hence they must be placed under special circumstances by an expert oral surgeon in the field.