Care of patients with fungating malignant wounds

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Abstract

Summary

Any nurse who has cared for a patient with a fungating malignant wound will know that this is a challenging aspect of the care provided to patients with advanced cancer. This article examines the aetiology of fungating wounds and three core principles of fungating wound management and patient care. This is an under-researched area of clinical care and the literature that guides malignant wound care is drawn from disciplines such as oncology, chronic wound care and palliative care.

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