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Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

This module focuses on the effective management of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and its challenges. ONJ is a side effect associated with a number of bone-targeting agents approved for use in cancer patients with bone metastases. We look at the importance of communication and collaboration between oncologists, dentists and oral surgeons when it comes to preventing, diagnosing and effectively treating cases of ONJ.

Published September 2017.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
1 CME Points

Target audience

This module is designed to support the clinical practise of oncologists, dentists and oral surgeons to aid them in developing an effective management strategy for osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe measures to prevent ONJ in cancer patients
  • Describe the main risk factors for ONJ development
  • Learn when to suspect and how to arrive at an early diagnosis of ONJ
  • Describe what is the most appropriate management of ONJ in each patient
  • Learn how to effectively collaborate with the dentist for the successful BTA treatment of your cancer patients.

IT Requirements

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Disclosure policy

ecancer and everyone involved in the development of this module has no actual or potential conflict of interest whatsoever which impinges on the making, peer reviewing and dissemination of this e-learning module which was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Amgen.


Production of this module was funded by an unrestricted grant from Amgen.