• Cancer surgery and an open wound after surgery. The cancer has come back and has a really bad odor.

    Asked by polarpat on Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Cancer surgery and an open wound after surgery. The cancer has come back and has a really bad odor.

    any thing I can use on it for the odor. the cancer matasasized to lymph nodes and lungs.

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    • GRACENOW's Avatar
      GRACENOW

      I wish i knew somehing for the wound odor....What could help at least with living with the odor for now is an essential oil diffuser for your room and an oil like lavendar which is very calming and soothing. Hopefully, your doc would have a recommendation for the wound....best wishes to you....

      over 4 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar
      Blue

      Wow. This has to be frustrating for you. What does your doctor suggest you do about the open wound?
      I'm wondering if, by boosting your immune system with good fresh foods containing higher concentrations
      of vitamin C, this might speed up the healing. Best to run it by your doctor or a cancer nutritionist.
      My concern would be that the odor is caused by an infection. What does your doctor tell you to do?

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      My wound did not close after surgery. Dr. told me it was not infected but a type of scab that has to come off on its own. The odor was awful. It took about a full month for it to fall off. The odor went away. He had me take showers and just let water hit it and then take a wash cloth or bath sponge and squeeze the soap suds over it. Just blot that area when you get out of shower. Now I can actually blot soap in the wound and the size has gone from about a 2 1/2 inch separation to less than a 1/4 inch. It has been about 3 weeks. I keep a non stick bandage on it because it is still oozing a yellowish liquid. The wound is healing from the inside out. My oozing has almost stopped in the last two days. Talk to your doctor about. You might need a wound center for help. Hang in there.

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      My wound did not close after surgery. Dr. told me it was not infected but a type of scab that has to come off on its own. The odor was awful. It took about a full month for it to fall off. The odor went away. He had me take showers and just let water hit it and then take a wash cloth or bath sponge and squeeze the soap suds over it. Just blot that area when you get out of shower. Now I can actually blot soap in the wound and the size has gone from about a 2 1/2 inch separation to less than a 1/4 inch. It has been about 3 weeks. I keep a non stick bandage on it because it is still oozing a yellowish liquid. The wound is healing from the inside out. My oozing has almost stopped in the last two days. Talk to your doctor about. You might need a wound center for help. Hang in there. Sorry my cancer was breast.

      over 4 years ago
    • pj1955's Avatar
      pj1955

      Mine did not heal due to diabetes. They did two debridements. I had to soak gauze in sterile water and then pack the open wound. Slowly the wound did heal up but it took about eight weeks.

      over 4 years ago
    • hgbkokopelli's Avatar
      hgbkokopelli

      Hi there;
      There is a wound cleansing spray, and wound gel and it has deoderizing properties in it and you may need to get it from a med-surge supply store. There is also a swave called calmoseptine and it is also sold at med-surge supplies stores. it may help you to heal your wound from inside out but ask your dr's permission first.

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I'm sorry to have found this `question so late and do hope that your problem, by now, is resolved.

      Along with whatever treatment your doctor gives, you can also do some things (clue your doctor in, please) to help yourself which ought not to interfere with your doc's medications.

      There is an herb called yarrow. It is quite common to gardeners. Brew it as a strong tea and then let it cool. Place the leave into a thin clean cloth envelope and use as a poultice against the wound. Yarrow has been used in this manner for 1,000s of years. Achilles was one of the most remembered. He was an ancient warrior who used it in battle and to heal the wounds of his army of men.

      The odor is most likely either the cancer, itself, or some sort of infection. you need to address what is causing the odor rather than the odor, itself. I see this is an older question. how are you doing?

      Blessings

      about 4 years ago

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