Patients with cancer may have wounds on different parts of their body. Wounds may be:
- Flat or raised
- A different colour from other skin
- Filled with fluid or pus,
- Be open with active oozing
- Closed and dry.
Malignant wounds are sores that happen when cancer cells invade the skin. They may smell bad, have oozing and/or bleeding and may be painful.
Many skin symptoms come with cancer and cancer treatments. You may have:
A chronic wound that does not heal can be a serious burden.
It is important for you to know about skin problems so you can tell your health care team about them right way. This way, they can treat them quickly to lower discomfort and the risk of infection.