The presence and severity of oral mucositis may be determined by clinician-based scoring or by patient-reported outcomes.
There are three major reasons to assess mucositis severity:
- to determine the stomatotoxicity of a particular cancer-treatment regimen
- to help in the management of the patient
- to evaluate the efficacy of a potential mucositis intervention.
Most Common Clinician-based Evaluation Scales:
The best known and currently most used scales for Oral Mucositis are:
- World Health Organization (WHO) Handbook for reporting results of cancer treatment (1979)
- National Cancer Institute - Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE)
- Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Criteria
- The Oral Mucositis Assessment Scale (OMAS).