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Palliative Care Guideline for Management of Fungating Tumours in Adults
A fungat ing tumour is a primary or secondary cancer that has ulcerated the skin. The management of fungatin
g tumours focuses on alleviating the distressing symptoms associated with the wound and
g emotional support to the patient and family/carers. They most commonly develop from
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 lesi
on and comfort / cosmetic appearance. This information is a guide and a comprehensive
If the wound is moist/dry and clean: the primary dressing should be a non-adherent foam dressing ( semi permeable) e.g. Allevyn/Mepilex
Secondary dressings consist of foam dressing +/- additional padding and tubifast to secure
For persistent difficult symptoms contact Highland Hospice/PCAS
The consequences of having a fungating lesion secondary to cancer can be far reaching and encompass physical, psychological, social, sexual and spiritual dimensions. Each patient will react in their own way and a sensitive, skilled approach to care is vital. Patients may experience, depression, embarrassment, social isolation, fear, repulsion, shame, altered body image, and a constant reminder of advanced, incurable disease. Health professionals need to establish trust with patients and family and use tact and sensitivity. There are strategies for managing these psychosocial problems. Interventions should aim to boost patient confidence and improve their ability to socialise wherever possible. • Cosmetic appearance - dressings need to effectively manage odour and exudates but where possible restore body symmetry • Access to counseling services • Appropriate social support to decreases stress and anxiety at home.
al care according to individual’s beliefs.
• Involve ment of the patient, family and carers in decisions about care.
• Open, honest communication of goals and decisions.
• Approp riate use of touch / physical contact.
Tameside & Glossop NHS Trust and Willow Wood Hospice, Symptom Management Guidelines, 2006
ucestershire PCT Management of Fungating Wounds Guideline, 2007
NHS Hig hland Wound Management, Guidelines and Formulary 2008 - 2010
Naylor, W. (2002). Part 1. Symptom control: management of fungating wounds.
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Date of Issue:
Helen MacKenzie, Clinical Lead Nurse, Highland Hospice
Date of Review:
Dr Jeremy Keen, Consultant, Palliative Care, Highland Hospice
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