Treatment options for fungating malignant wounds are aimed at the specific underlying cancer. Malignant wounds have a high rate of recurrence and tend to cause major alterations in patients’ physical and psychosocial well-being. Malignant wounds can result in many more problems, including odor, bleeding, exudate, pruritis and pain. Before starting treatment, healthcare professionals as a team need to determine which problems patients consider the most distressing. Even though bleeding may be more life-threatening, many patients may find the odor unbearable and may need to have it resolved first.
The goal of this program is to update nurses’, physical therapists’, physicians’ and radiological technologists’ knowledge of malignant wounds and ways to manage the associated physical and psychosocial problems. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe what a malignant wound is and how it develops
- Discuss five problems associated with malignant wounds and ways to address them
- Identify psychosocial concerns of patients with malignant wounds and their families
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists.
Radiologic Technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 8/2/2013 to 9/1/2017.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.