Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology

: 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 322-

Oral physicians in the management of head and neck cancers

Natarajan Kannan 
 Research Scholar L.U.C., Malaysia; Professor and Head, OMDR, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, A.P.; Member P.G. Board of Studies, Dr. N. T. R. U. H. S; President I. D. A., Nellore Branch; Former Hon. General Secretary, I. A. O. M. R, India

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Dr. Natarajan Kannan
Professor and Head Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

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Kannan N. Oral physicians in the management of head and neck cancers.J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol 2020;32:322-322

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Kannan N. Oral physicians in the management of head and neck cancers. J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 27 ];32:322-322
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It is my greatest pleasure and honor to write this editorial for the JIAOMR. At the outset, I would like to begin that one of our most cherished dreams of seeing our journal as Scopus Indexed has been fulfilled and brought to fruition by the concerted efforts of the dynamic and dedicated editorial team of JIAOMR headed by Dr. Dipti Bhatnagar. The team needs to be lauded and congratulated for this stupendous achievement which has now become a matter of pride and honor for all members of IAOMR.

Concerted efforts by several of colleagues in the form of conducting conferences workshops, CDE programs, webinars, making forays into hitherto less explored horizons, charting new pathways for expression of clinical and radiological skills including 3D Printing have started lighting a ray of hope in the despondent young minds who had begun to despair of their future prospects.

In this editorial, I would like to focus on OPMDs (Oral potentially malignant disorders) and malignancies involving oral cavity in particular and head and neck in general.

As oral physicians, we have been doing a lot of clinical work on all aspects of Oral potentially malignant disorders starting from chair side investigations, including vital staining, diagnostic work ups and appropriate therapeutic interventions. Most of this voluminous work has long been ignored by the health authorities for sheer lack of concerted efforts and inability to project the collective volume of activity and the enormous service rendered towards the healthcare of the entire country silently by the oral physicians by reducing and preventing the malignant transformation of these OPMDs.

The recent upsurge of research work done on oral and head and neck cancers and the virtual spate of Ph. Ds acquired by our fraternity in this field are moves in the right direction, toward making us rightful participants in the multidisciplinary team of specialists for taking care of these cancer patients.

Counseling the head and neck cancer patients right from the time of their being diagnosed as having malignancies, advising them as to the proper course of treatment, and guiding them to the appropriate centers where they can receive the suitable treatment, handling the various complications of radiotherapy and chemoradiotherapy in the form of radiation mucositis, xerostomia, oropharyngeal candidiasis with innovative use of herbal preparations like virgin coconut oil, topical application of stannous fluoride to prevent radiation caries, advising suitable mouth, tongue, and jaw exercises to improve their quality of life and reduce depression and prevent trismus are all areas in which we can play a significant role in the cancer hospitals and even create suitable job opportunities for ourselves as oral physicians. The need of the hour is for every oral physician to selectively further hone their clinical diagnostic and therapeutic skills and expertise in a few areas of their choice, like TMD management, laser therapy, orofacial pain, dental management of medically compromised patients so that they can develop their own specific patient base and get their due recognition as specialists. Publication of the work done in the form of research articles, systematic reviews, meta-analysis play a major role in highlighting the role the specialty plays in the healthcare of the society and disseminating the knowledge gained to the entire scientific world.