• My grandfather has a large open wound on his neck due to radiation. Is this normal?

    Asked by blond_ambition on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    My grandfather has a large open wound on his neck due to radiation. Is this normal?

    I am a caregiver for my grandfather who has now been receiving radiation for a week. His cancer had most recently showed up as a tumor through the skin on his neck. It ended up turning into an open wound that drains continuously. Since starting radiation, the hole has grown and is very alarming and scary to look at. I'm pretty sure I can see his jaw bone through it.

    What I'm concerned about is his radiation oncologist said today that it is normal and will grow with radiation. I asked about treating the wound and the doctor just said to continue changing the dressing on it a few times a day. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I can tell you as an oncology nurse that those wounds are more common than you realize. Follow the advice of the oncologist and be vigilant in those dressing changes. It is never easy to do those wound changes. It seems everytime you remove that old bandage the wound morphs into a different shape and appearance. My heart goes out to you. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JoeTEMT's Avatar

      My radiologist insisted I use Aquaphor on my face and neck after each radiation treatment otherwise skin might break down! Ask about that.? It is like a big jar of Vaseline! The was from Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital! They know their stuff !!

      over 3 years ago

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