American Academy of Dental Oncology Inaugural Session

Dental Oncology Level 1: Introduction to Dental Oncology

Meeting the Unique Dental and Oral Health Needs of Individuals Battling Cancer

In 2014, there were over 14 million people living with cancer in the United States. By 2024, that number is expected to approach 20 million. With more and more of these patients seeking cancer treatment closer to home, it is imperative that you understand and know how to care for these patients in your practice. Dental and oral health are critically important to systemic health and quality of life for individuals battling cancer and cancer survivors before, during, and after treatment. Understand how you can and why you should be part of a comprehensive cancer care team for these patients.

Who should attend this course?


This course is designed for dentists and specialist who want to learn how to provide quality service and care to people with all types of cancer. Most dentists do not feel adequately trained to deal with dental and oral complications that arise as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments for cancer. Dental Oncology Level 1 will provide education and clinical application methods to help the dentist begin to treat and manage basic dental and oral health issues that arise as a result of modern cancer therapies. Tracts to include dental hygienists and other members of the the dental team will be added in 2016.

What will I learn?

The Level 1 course will introduce the most common treatment modalities used today to combat various types of cancer and how those therapies can affect oral health, oral homeostasis, and more. Common oral side effects associated with cancer treatment will be studied in detail and basic management techniques will be presented. The dental professional’s role as a member of the cancer care team will be outlined in detail. Techniques for effective medical/dental communication between the dentist and cancer care team members, including surgeons, oncologists, nursing staff and others, will be included in Level 1 along with strategic marketing skills to introduce dental oncology benefits to the medical health care community.

Who will facilitate the seminar?

The main speakers at the seminar will be Dr. Dennis Abbott and Dr. Joel B. Epstein. For more information about our key speakers, please read their short bios on our Board page.

How does this pertain to my practice?

You may already be seeing patients affected by cancer in your practice. If not, odds are that you will be soon. These patients have unique needs before, during, and after cancer treatment. In 2014, there were over 14 million people living with cancer in the United States. By 2024, that number is expected to approach 20 million. With more and more of these patients seeking cancer treatment closer to home, they need a dentist who understands the unique needs and limitations that come with their specific cancer treatment. Whether your goal is to have a practice that focuses on dental oncology or you want to better understand how to care for these patients when they come to your practice, this course is for you. Dental and oral health are critically important to systemic health and quality of life for both cancer patients and survivors. Understand how you can and why you should be part of a comprehensive cancer care team by attending this course.

What is the cost of the course, and what is included in my tuition?

AADO-iPadThe cost of the course is $2495. Tuition for the course includes all fees associated with the educational components of the course and an Apple iPad Mini loaded with the AADO app. The app will take the place of a course notebook and comes loaded with all course materials and slides and features the ability to take notes and make comments that can be emailed, shared, and posted on social media. Also included in the app are customizable correspondence samples and marketing materials to help the attendee communicate effectively with other members of the cancer care team.

Breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snacks for both the Friday and Saturday sessions are included along with a Friday evening dinner. Enrollment for this course is capped and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the enrollment for the November course is full, prospective attendees will have the option of being placed on a waiting list for the first Level 1 course offered in 2016. Transportation costs and lodging will be the responsibility of each attendee and are not included in the tuition cost. Special housing rates are available at the conference hotel.

How many CE credits will I earn for attending this course?

Up to 16 hours can be earned for completion of the Level 1 seminar. Fifteen (15) hours will be given for completion of the Level 1 course. One (1) hour will be given for a one-hour online webinar after the seminar. (Note: The one-hour online webinar is included in the seminar tuition.)

Where will the seminar be held?

The American Academy of Dental Oncology Fall 2015 Seminar will be held in the main lecture hall of the Relevance Health Building in Frisco, Texas. The address of the seminar facility is:

Relevance Health Building
8380 Warren Parkway, Suite 700
Frisco, TX 75034

What kind of travel plans should I make to attend?

Attendees should plan to arrive in the Dallas area on Thursday, November 12 if they are arriving from out of town. The course will begin at 8 AM on Friday, November 13. Transportation will be provided from the conference hotel to the seminar venue. Participants should be prepared to stay through the completion of the course at 4 PM on Saturday, November 14. Dallas is served by two airports. Attendees are encouraged to use Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) for ease of access to the seminar location. It is recommended that participants who wish to book a return flight for Saturday afternoon do so after 6:00 PM to allow for adequate travel time to the airport. Attendees wishing to stay overnight at the conference hotel on Saturday, November 14 will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements and cost.

Level 1 implies that there will be other levels…is this correct?

Yes. The Level 1 course is the first in the AADO seminar curriculum. We are planning to offer at least four courses in the dental oncology tract with each building upon the previous. Successful completion of the previous level is a prerequisite for enrollment in the next course. Upper levels will deal with more advanced dental oncology issues faced by patients and real-life case studies. There is no obligation to continue along the curriculum tract. Each is a stand alone course, but more advanced information will be available in upper level courses for doctors who wish to expand their knowledge of care and management for patients with cancer.

Is each course priced separately?

Yes…each course will have a separate tuition.


Seminar Topics

  • About Dental Oncology
  • Bisphosphonates and RANKL Inhibitors
  • Bone Marrow / HSC Transplant Effects
  • Cancer and Its Effects Today in the U.S.
  • Chemotherapy Basics
  • Communication in the Oncology Arena
  • Communication with Other Members of the Cancer Team
  • Head and Neck Radiation Therapy
  • Marketing and Practice Implementation
  • Modern Oncology Therapies: The Importance of Oral Health to the Patient
  • Oncology New Patient Exam
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Infections
  • Oral Mucositis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Treatment Timeline
  • Xerostomia




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