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Sore or dry mouth or ulcers

Some cancer treatments can leave you with a sore mouth, mouth ulcers or a dry mouth and / or throat.  Please click on the links below for sources of information to help you cope with this side effect. 


University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) information

Our Oncology Patient Information Group produces information leaflets relating to looking after your mouth during treatment:

How to look after your mouth-    currently under review

Macmillan Cancer Support –  mouth problems

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Also produces booklets on different types of cancer and on aspects of living with cancer.   

Freephone helpline – 0808 808 00 00

Cancer Research UK – mouth problems with cancer

The Cancer Research UK website has information on different types of cancer and living with cancer.

Cancer Research UK freephone helpline: 0808 800 4040

Dry mouth

If you have had radiotherapy to your mouth or throat this may have left your mouth very dry. Although this is normal it can make eating unpleasant or difficult.

Macmillan Cancer Support - dry mouth

Macmillan Cancer Support - sore mouth or ulcers

 Further information

If you need further information, including details of how to arrange a referral to a dietitian, please contact the Cancer Information Centre.

This page last reviewed 06/09/2023