• Treatment delayed because of slow wound healing.

    Asked by Lundmusik on Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Treatment delayed because of slow wound healing.

    Both my surgeon and oncologist say my wound from tumor excision and CLND has to heal completely prior to immunotherapy or targeted therapy. After excision of total of 23 armpit nodes, the drainage still exceeds 200 ml per day. My surgeon had to break open the stitches to allow drainage—the drainage from the bulb and tube weren’t doing the job. My CLND was April 27.

    Has anyone else had this experience? And did therapy have to start anyway even with delayed healing?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Pack the area with Manuka Honey.....You can delay for awhile and it won't be a big deal.

      28 days ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      So sorry you are having to delay. My experience was different since my original tumor was inside and they started with radiation, however they did make me wait until the original surgery site healed before I was able to start radiation. I went home with the tube and bulb and it did eventually stop draining and they felt I was healed enough to start radiation. I was not to patient and tried to push it (my son’s wedding was coming up) but they made me wait. I am praying for fast healing. I know personally for me waiting was the hard part. Let us know how it goes.

      28 days ago
    • DonnainRI's Avatar
      DonnainRI

      Treatment is usually delayed until surgical wounds have healed. Many years ago I worked in a very well-known children's hospital and they decided to try giving a child chemo on the night of her surgery. It was a disaster. She survived that episode but only after weeks in the ICU. Your body needs to recover from the surgery.

      28 days ago
    • MoveIt2012's Avatar
      MoveIt2012

      I had to wait to 6 months after my mastectomy due to wound healing being so slow. It’s the beat answer. Cannot imagine it would have healed while doing rads. I was very concerned though.

      28 days ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Ask you doctor about manuka honey bandages. It is available over the counter at CVS, Walgreens and so forth.

      Most doctors object to manuka honey because it isnt "sterile". Well the bandages are sterile and the honey still works to get rid of infection and of necrotic tissue.

      27 days ago
    • Lundmusik's Avatar
      Lundmusik

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466999/

      Shared the above study with my care team showing limited harm in starting or continuing immunotherapy in the face of wound healing. Even though I still have significant problems with my CLND healing, oncologist relented and I’m starting first therapy tonight. My surgeon, with 29 years experience with melanoma vis a vis wound healing, agreed that immunotherapy or other treatment will likely have little impact on wound healing.

      Thanks for all of your input

      24 days ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      So glad you are getting to start!

      24 days ago
    • Lundmusik's Avatar
      Lundmusik

      Thx Sandi

      24 days ago

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