Managing Fungating (Malignant) Wounds - page 2

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A fungating (malignant) wound is a mass of cancerous tissue that is spreading under the skin and eventually infiltrates the outside layer of cells, breaking through the skin surface to create a wound. There is the potential for... Read More


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    I encountered one of these on my unit, which is a cardiac floor, but this patient was admitted for sepsis and anemia. Patient had breast cancer. The right arm up to the right side of the neck looked like cellulitis but the right chest/breast area and wrapping around to the back was a very nasty wound. Seeping, draining, bleeding. It was so painful for the patient and I felt so bad for her. Dressing changes took a long time.

    The gold dust is definitely interesting, I have never heard of that before!
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    I am preparing my clinical paperwork for Tuesday. My pt has a malignant neoplasm of breast with fungating wound. I am grateful that you've shared your experiences so that I can better prepare myself to help the pt. Thank you!
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    I am preparing my clinical paperwork for Tuesday. My pt has a malignant neoplasm of breast with fungating wound. I am grateful that you've shared your experiences so that I can better prepare myself to help the pt. Thank you!


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