A fungating tumour is a primary or secondary cancer that has ulcerated the skin. The management of fungating tumours focuses on alleviating the distressing symptoms associated with the wound and providing emotional support to the patient and family/carers. They most commonly develop from cancer of the head and neck, breast, melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Treatment is directed towards control of bleeding, odour restriction, absorption of exudates, control of pain associated with the lesion and comfort/cosmetic appearance. This information is a guide and a comprehensive wound assessment should be undertaken.
|If the wound is moist/dry and clean the primary dressing should be a non-adherent foam dressing (semi-permeable), eg Allevyn/Mepilex.|