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my uncle recently had chemo and radiation therapy for mouth cancer and after some days he can't hear also pus is coming out of ear?

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Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience Dentistry
Ear infection: It sounds like an ear infection that may have been enhanced by the immunosuppressive impact of the chemo and radiation. Get him to a primary care provider for an evaluation to protect him from permanent hearing loss.
Answered on Nov 5, 2016
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Dr. John DeWolf
Dr. John DeWolf commented
39 years experience Dentistry
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Agreed. I suspect this co-ordination of specialists will need to start with the primary care provider in this era of managed care but by no means end there
Feb 4, 2013
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Given chemo/XRT and cancer, I would involve the medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, ENT and get head/neck imaging to look for cancer or abscess.
Feb 4, 2013
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
30 years experience Radiation Oncology
Get an exam: Chemo and especially radiation for head and neck cancers can cause eustachian tube dysfunction which causes a "full" feeling in the ear and can cause diminished hearing. Radiation can also dry some of the normal wax in the ear canal causing obstruction. This needs to be carefully cleaned either by the ENT doctor or the radiation doctor.
Answered on Nov 5, 2016
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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Complication: Complication of radiation. See radiation doc, maybe ENT for assessment.
Answered on Nov 5, 2016

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