Malignant Wounds/Cancer


 

WHAT IS A MALIGNANT WOUND?

A malignant wound, also called a cancerous wound, is an open lesion on the surface of the skin, which may look like an exposed cavity or an irregular growth/lump. Malignant wounds are the result of cancerous cells invading the blood vessels and skin, causing skin tissues to die. This can be incredibly painful, causing drainage, infection, and spreading of the wound. Those suffering from a malignant wound may experience a lowered quality of life and are difficult to heal, and often never heal. Those suffering from malignant wounds often visit a wound care specialist to help heal or treat the symptoms of the cancerous wound and improve your quality of life.

FUNGATING WOUND

Certain types of malignant wounds may also be described as fungating (quickly spreading, like a fungus) wounds. Malignant growths can surface in the form of a fungating tumor, ulcer, or other irregular growth or lesion on the surface of the skin, which quickly spreads to other areas.

WHAT CAUSES MALIGNANT WOUNDS?

A malignant wound is the result of an invasion of cancerous cells into the blood vessels and skin, which causes damage to the skin’s tissues. This leads to inflammation, bleeding, infection, and an unsightly appearance on the skin’s surface. Malignant wounds are most commonly caused by the following cancers:

  • Head or neck cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Anal-rectal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Lymphoma

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A MALIGNANT WOUND?

The most common symptoms of malignant wounds include:

  • “Cauliflower” or “fungus” shaped wound
  • Ulcer / crater-like wound
  • Foul odor from the wound
  • Bleeding from the wound
  • Pain in the wound area
  • Drainage from the wound

WHAT ARE THE COMMON LOCATIONS OF MALIGNANT WOUNDS?

Typically, malignant ulcers or tumors appear in the following areas of the body:

  • Breast
  • Head/neck
  • Underarms
  • Genital area
  • Fingers
  • Ankles
  • Back/stomach

HOW IS A MALIGNANT WOUND TREATED?

At Princeton Wound Care, our team of experts can help manage the pain, bleeding, drainage, odor, and emotional distress that often accompany a malignant wound. Our goal is to help our patients heal quickly whenever possible and to offer the most comfortable conditions when dealing with a wound. The following conservative treatment options may be used to help manage your malignant wound conditions:

MALIGNANT WOUND PAIN TREATMENT

Malignant wounds can cause severe pain, and should be managed by a professional wound care specialist after a wound assessment. Any of the following may be recommended when a patient is suffering from pain due to cancerous wounds:

  • Prescription medication
  • Wound bandage changing assistance
  • Using special wound dressings that do not stick to wound

MALIGNANT WOUND BLEEDING TREATMENT

A common side effect of cancer wounds is bleeding due to eroded blood vessels or weakened skin cells on the surface of the skin. The following treatments may help to stop or limit bleeding due to malignant ulcer/wound:

  • Avoiding blood-thinning medications (e.g., aspirin)
  • Wound bandage changing assistance
  • Using special wound dressings that do not stick to wound

MALIGNANT WOUND DRAINAGE TREATMENT

It is typical for patients with cancerous lesions to experience some form of drainage, which can vary from a small amount of fluid to excessive fluid that can weaken the skin surrounding the wound. To prevent this, your doctor may use any of the following treatments to keep the skin surrounding the wound as strong as possible:

  • Special absorbent wound dressings
  • Skin barrier creams, wipes or sprays

WHAT ARE THE ADVANCED TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR MALIGNANT WOUNDS AT PRINCETON WOUND CARE?

In addition to the above conservative treatment options, the following therapies and procedures are offered by our specialists at Princeton Wound Care:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  • Skin grafting
  • Compression therapy
  • Ostomy care
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3626 Route 1
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-945-3611
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