What Are Fungating Tumors?

Q:
What are fungating tumors?

A:
Fungating tumors are more commonly known as ulcerating cancers. They refer to the tumors which grow under the skin but break through the skin surface, in the shape of a fungus or cauliflower. They can also be a result of skin cancers.

Rarely do they occur. And when they do, they often affect the head, neck, breast, chest, or genitals.

The symptoms include:

  • An unpleasant smell from the wound;
  • Bleeding around the wound;
  • Itching around the wound;
  • Oozing from the wound;
  • Pain around the wound, and pain from the wound pressing on nerves.

Depending on the type of the cancer and its severity, doctors offer various treatments. The most common one is radiotherapy, during which the ulceration often worsens at the beginning. Other treatments are chemotherapy and hormone therapy. In addition, some hospital in UK also offer electrochemotherapy (combination of chemotherapy and electrical energy).

 

Keywords: fungating tumor; ulcerating tumor; ulcerating cancer; fungating wound; malignant wound; ulcerating wound.

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