Kristie L. Kahl
Patients going through cancer treatment may be susceptible to oral mucositis
(mouth sores), which can make simple tasks such as eating, talking, or breathing very painful, but a new intraoral ice pack can help combat just that.
Following his own mother’s journey and eventual passing from a rare liver sarcoma, David Yoskowitz – founder of Chemo Mouthpiece – faced his own bout with Hodgkin lymphoma less than one year later. Following chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Yoskowitz is now five years cancer-free.
“The experience made me a stronger person because I realized the huge challenge of getting through treatment was physically and psychologically something all cancer patients face,” he said. “When you overcome it, it makes the everyday bumps in the road seem smaller.”
In the middle of the night in June 2015, Yoskowitz’s experience woke him with a groundbreaking idea: a cold mouthpiece that would combat chemotherapy-associated mouth sores.
“I told my wife I had this crazy, great idea that God had given me,” he added. “After four years of development, here we are today on the market with an ice pack to be used inside the mouth – something that never existed.”
As a result of treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation, oral mucositis – or the development of painful mouth sores – can occur. According to the American Academy of Oral Medicine
, it is considered one of the most debilitating and dose-limiting side effects
from cancer therapy.
Many suck on ice chips or sugar-free frozen popsicles during chemotherapy infusions; however, mouth sores can still occur. “The most uncomfortable thing I had to deal with during chemotherapy at the infusion center was having to suck on ice chips,” Yoskowitz said. “Many patients can’t even deal with the sensitivity issue. I was able to, but it doesn’t really do much to the top of your mouth because of gravity. (The ice chips) really only help cool the bottom of your mouth, while the top still had many mouth sores.”
The Chemo Mouthpiece is an ice pack with two chambers: an inner chamber filled with pure water and an outer chamber filled with salt water. When patients freeze the mouthpiece, the inner chamber will be frozen solid while the outer salt water chamber will stay ice cold. This allows ice cold water to circulate through the mouthpiece and presses comfortably against a patient’s gums, Yoskowitz explained, adding that this device is one size fits most adults.
The kit includes two mouth pieces as well as a portable cooler and carrying case which allows the patient to transport a frozen mouthpiece to their treatment. It also includes two insulated sleeves, two cleaning brushes and ice packs to put in the cooler.
A patient kit will last the entire course of treatment and the company offers 100% satisfaction guaranteed with a 30-day money-back guarantee. The device is available for $299.99 at chemomouthpiece.com
, and patients can use code CMP19 at checkout for a discount and free shipping.
Yoskowitz hopes to help many avoid the discomfort of mouth sores associated with treatment and offers one piece of advice: “The journey is the most difficult thing you’ll go through in your life and the goal is to just survive and live each day to its fullest. Don’t ever lose hope.”