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Category 1 Course

Half Your Patients Will Have Cancer. How Does This Impact Their Dental Care?

Speakers: Dr. Patricia Brooks, Dr. Erin Watson and Dr. Gaurav Krishnamoorthy

November 15, 2024

Category 1 course approved by the RCDSO

Course Description

Each year, an increasing number of cancer survivors and patients currently being treated for cancer are being seen in community dental offices. With cancer treatments growing ever more complex, many dental teams struggle to understand how to safely incorporate cancer survivors into their practice. The goal of this course is to make dentists and their teams comfortable when encountering cancer patients and survivors and know what questions to ask. We will review major cancer types (including breast, prostate, thyroid, colon, oral cancers and more!) and suggested dental modifications, with clinical tips and tricks. The radiographic changes secondary to cancer or its treatment will be reviewed so you will feel comfortable when you see something unfamiliar on imaging. We will cover how to achieve restorative success in profoundly xerostomic patients, and teach you how to read simple bloodwork to determine if and when a patient can be safely treated in your office. The course will finish with a review of challenging cases to synthesize all of the material learned throughout the day.

  • Cancer Patients and Dentistry (Dr. Brooks)
    • Role of Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics in Ontario
  • Cancer types and what to know/ask (Dr. Brooks)
  • Abnormal versus Normal (Dr. Krishnamoorthy)
    • Clinical and radiographic findings in your patient related to their cancer.
  • How to Read Bloodwork/Thrombocytopenic Dentistry (Dr. Watson)
  • Restorative Strategies in Xerostomic Patients and Products (Dr. Watson)
  • Case based scenarios (Dr. Watson)
    • To educate dentists so they can be comfortable treating patients who have a history of cancer or are currently being treated for cancer
    • Gain an understanding of the role of the community dentist and the role of hospital-based dentists for these patients
    • Identify what questions/information to gain from patients about each major cancer type and how to modify their practice for these patients
    • How to identify clinical and radiographic changes associated with cancer progression and previous oncologic treatment
    • How to read routine bloodwork for oncologic patients to determine who is safe to treat
    • How to adjust dental management for oncologic patients within your clinic
  • Please arrive within 30 minutes before the course start time to sign in.

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  • Complimentary coffee/tea and lunch are provided for course participants. Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration.

  • Cancellations made more than 10 calendar days before the course start date will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 calendar days of the course start date.

    Refunds will not be issued for registrants who do not attend, regardless of reason for absence.

    Registrations cannot be transferred to another individual.

    To cancel your registration, please follow the link and instructions provided in the registration confirmation email. If you are eligible for a refund, the refund will be processed automatically upon cancellation. Please allow 3-5 business days for the transaction to be completed.

    Continuing Dental Education (University of Toronto) reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient registrations, instructor cancellation, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In the event of course cancellation, a full refund will be issued, and registrants will be notified promptly. We are not liable for any associated losses, damages, or expenses, including travel and accommodations.

  • After completing this course, a certificate of completion that indicates the number of Continuing Education (CE) points earned will be sent to you within 7-10 days by email.


Dr. Brooks is an Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine Consultant at the University Health Network. She sees patients within Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Head and Neck Cancer and Dental Oncology Clinics. Patricia completed her residencies in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she was also awarded her PhD in Molecular Biology. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction at the University of Western Ontario and her MSc at the University of Toronto also in Molecular Biology. Patricia also serves as the Education and Fellowship Directors for the Department of Dental Oncology at Princess Margaret. She is currently investigating the use of cell-free DNA in liquid biopsies for the early detection of oral cancer in high-risk patients.

Dr. Watson is a Clinician Investigator at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, where acts as the Deputy Chief of Dentistry, and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Watson graduated with the gold medal from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, followed by a residency in Hospital Based Dentistry at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto, as well as a Master’s in Health Administration at University of Toronto. As a dental oncologist, Dr. Watson has been a general dentist for cancer patients for over a decade. Her research focus is on dental outcomes in head and neck cancer and hematologic cancers. She is a strong advocate for access to dental services for cancer patients, working with provincial funders to address gaps in care.

Dr. Gaurav Krishnamoorthy obtained his BSc and DMD degrees at McGill University, AEGD at the University of Connecticut, and MSc in Oral Radiology at the University of Toronto.

He currently works at the department of dental oncology and maxillofacial prosthetics at Princess Margaret Hospital, in private practice in Ontario.

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