Providing Relief for Patients With Malignant Wounds - RAD380

Providing Relief for Patients With Malignant Wounds

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Catherine Ratliff, GNP-BC, PhD, CWOCN, CFCN
(4.5 / 108 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (0.50 CE Credit)

Price: $7.00
CE-PRO Price: $3.50


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

Accreditation Information
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.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
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.

Course Originally Released on: 8/2/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/28/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/1/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Summar F - Tampa, FL  ·  Jul 24, 2017
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ANNE T - Levittown, PA  ·  Jul 18, 2017
We try to avoid wounds & follow up care in our department
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Ashlee W - Torrington, WY  ·  Jul 13, 2017
This course was interesting
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Vanessa B - Highlands, TX  ·  Jul 10, 2017
very good course material
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Robin H - Gas City, IN  ·  Jul 09, 2017
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Price: $7.00
CE-PRO Price: $3.50