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Continuing Dental Education

How to Manage Patients Before, During and After Cancer Therapy – a live webinar

Laila Akhalghi, DDS

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

Dental Management of Oncology Patients Overview. This course provides a practical clinical guide as to which group of oncology patients need dental clearance prior to their medical treatment and covers some of the most common sources of dental pain for patients undergoing oncological treatment. Designed for general dental practitioners and primary dental care providers, this session focuses on dental management in a detailed systemic approach.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the effects of cancer therapy on the oral cavity.
  • Address sources of oral pain in oncology patients.
  • Learn mucositis and the use of Photo-biomodulation therapy.
  • Know when Dental Clearances are needed.
  • Take relevant history and risk assessment.
  • Effectively communicate with the medical team.
  • Outline the pathways of care.
  • Understand management and treatment planning before, during, and after cancer safely.
  • Address osteonecrosis: bisphosphonates, rank-L inhibitors, anti-angiogenics and radiation.
  • Manage osteonecrosis as a general dentist.


Dr. Laila AkhlaghiDr. Laila Akhlaghi is a full-time faculty member at Columbia College of Dental Medicine, in the Section of Hospital Dentistry and Division of Oral Surgery. Following dental school graduation from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ (GKT School of Medicine) – King’s College London, and residency training in general dentistry in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, Dr. Akhlaghi gained a particular interest in treating patients with complex medical histories by focusing on dental complications associated with their oncology treatment. Her interest in taking care of the dental needs of medically complex patients led her to run an exclusive oncology dental clinic in London that served multiple oncology hospitals. She joined Columbia University College of Dental Medicine as a full-time faculty member after relocating to New York City in 2018. Since then she developed a dental clearance pathway for oncology and transplant patients in collaboration with the Herbert Irving Medical Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She also continues her work in supervising and training dental postgraduate residents and takes pride in guiding them through clinical management and dental needs of medically compromised patients. Dr Akhlaghi has an active appointment and affiliation with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and regularly treats medically compromised and special needs patients.

Course Logistics

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

5:00pm – 6:30pm Pacific Standard time


1.5 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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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 1.5 continuing education credits.