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posted by annashels
02 March 2023

Dentist work and chemo

Last reply: 07 March 2023 16:27

Hello! I’m starting chemo in less than two weeks, so decided to go to the dentist yesterday. Turns out I need a couple of fillings. I’m just wondering if this is something I should get sorted asap before my first infusion or if there’s time to get them while I’m receiving treatment? I’d also like to know if there are any schemes that cap the cost of dentistry work for cancer patients that you know of. Thanks!



commented by libra1975
02 March 2023

02 March 2023 23:18

Hi, I was told before I started chemo, to see the dentist and get work done before treatment. Breast nurse said that I can't get anything too invasive done during treatment, e.g. extraction, root canal or anything like that. As to costs, I got a medical card, because I wasnt working and received illness benefits. You can apply online for medical card and illness benefits.
I wish you all the best for your treatment

commented by Cancer Nurse
07 March 2023

07 March 2023 16:27

Hi Annashels,

Thank you for your post.

If general, you should try to have the dental work completed prior to commencing chemotherapy. The type of cancer you have and the treatment planned could impact this and therefore we would advise that you speak with your oncology team.  It is important that you let the dentist know that you are commencing chemotherapy soon, they may want to chat to your team.

Unfortunately there are no schemes that cap the cost of dentistry work for cancer patients.

If you would like to chat to one of or cancer nurses at any time please contact the Support Line on 1800 200 700, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Kind regards,


Cancer Nurse

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