Oral Cancer

Morning Topic: Affecting the Quality of Life of Your Patients Fighting Oral Cancer – Eric Statler
Afternoon Topic: Oral Epithelial Benign and Malignant Lesions: Emphasis on Early Detection – Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shoreline Conference Center
Shoreline Room
18560 1st Avenue NE
Shoreline, Washington 98155

This course is primarily designed for dental hygienists, however all dental practitioners will find the information presented pertinent to their work and life.

Register for this course through the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association – 425.771.3201

* Due to technical issues, the online registration at WSDHA is not currently working. Please phone 425.771.3201 to register.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until November 12, 2014 (after, $25 more)
$175/Non-member RDH/Staff
$150/WSDHA member RDH
* There are no other discounts for this program.

7 hours

There will be a cancellation fee of $45.
No refunds will be available after Monday, November 10th.

Course Description

Morning Topic: Affecting the Quality of Life of Your Patients Fighting Oral Cancer – Eric Statler

As health professionals on the front line of oral cancer, you have a pivotal role in recognizing the signs of this disease in your patients. While recognition and early treatment is always the goal, it is not always reality. Drawing on his own experience of facing stage four oral cancer, Eric Statler will talk about cancer treatments – surgery, radiation and chemotherapy – and address the side effects, both short and long term. He will also discuss how as dental clinicians, you can be involved in the process pre-, during, and post-treatment, and give you tools to help maximize survival percentages and increase the quality of life of your patients.

Course Objectives – As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the types of treatment available at different stages of oral cancer.
  • Recognize the side effects of these treatments and how your patient may be affected.
  • Develop an improved strategy of dental care for your patients with oral cancer.
  • Discuss the role of nutrition and hydration in the cancer fight with your patients.

Afternoon Topic: Oral Epithelial Benign and Malignant Lesions: Emphasis on Early Detection – Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

This lecture will cover the clinical presentation and significance of oral epithelial diseases in relation to oral cancer and chronic immune diseases affecting the mouth. The focus of this course will be on the clinical presentation of a variety of white, mixed red and white, and predominantly red lesions with an emphasis on etiology, clinical presentation, and when to biopsy and when to watch. The topics covered include benign epithelial lesions, tobacco-induced and HPV-induced oral cancer, and chronic-immune diseases of the oral epithelium. The latter category includes lichen planus, lichenoid drug reaction, and mucous membrane pemphigoid. All of the conditions discussed in this course are both common and important for the dental community to know. These topics will be discussed in a concise and clear manner, giving dental practitioners information that they can use in their daily practice.

Course objectives – As a result of attending this lecture, you will have an understanding of:

  • The clinical presentation of tobacco-induced oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
  • The clinical presentation of HPV-induced oral SCC.
  • Which lesions to biopsy and which lesions to observe – why and how often.
  • Benign red and white lesions mistaken for oral SCC.
  • The most common oral chronic immune diseases.
  • The potential of oral lichen planus for transformation.


Eric Statler is a self-made entrepreneur, customer service expert, and family man from North Central Idaho, whose victory over Stage IV Oral Cancer inspired him to use his talents to help others facing the disease. He has served as a Patient Advocate, and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Oral Cancer Foundation, Organized Awareness/Screening Campaigns Nationally, developing relationships with a number of the top dental and oral medicine programs in the country.

Dolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington, and the director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2013, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW’s highest honor for outstanding teaching, and has been awarded an additional 27 teaching awards within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Oda’s research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. She has 70 papers published in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called Case of the Month. Dr. Oda is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and holds a Washington State dental license. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and USCAP.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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