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Open wound on the neck #102351
08-25-2009 06:22 PM
08-25-2009 06:22 PM
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Hi there,

I just finished my radiation today and I have deep burns all over my neck. There are 2 areas in particular that are open. One area is like a deep cut and the other is like a large round open wound. I have biofene and aquaphor but didn't know how best to treat the open wounds? I can also smell an odor coming from the large cut one. Any suggestions? I'm not sure if it's best to cover with gauze or let the air heal it?


Belinda Jo- Age 28 non-smoker, casual wine drinker, original tx 5/09, T3/N2 (now N0)/M0, 2 tongue surgeries partial glossectomy, Rad x 35 treatment began 7/8/09, no chemo, neck dissection 11/25 revealed 12 benign nodes!
Re: Open wound on the neck [Re: BelindaJo] #102354
08-25-2009 08:07 PM
08-25-2009 08:07 PM
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Belinda
fistulas (holes)need expert treatment.Go to your doctor,they are not just radiation burns.


Liz in the UK

Husband Robin aged 44 years Dx 8th Dec 2006 poorly differentiated SCC tongue with met to neck T1N2cM0 Surgery and Radiation.Finished TX April 2007
Recurrence June/07 died July 29th/07.

Never take your eye off the ball, it may just smack you in the mouth.
Re: Open wound on the neck [Re: Cookey] #102356
08-25-2009 08:24 PM
08-25-2009 08:24 PM
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Belinda, I agree with cookey, you should see your radiation specialists about this so that healing is optimized.


Mark, 17 Years survivor, SCC right tonsil, 3 nodes positive, one with extra-capsular spread. I never asked what stage (would have scared me anyway) Right side tonsillectomy, radical neck dissection right side, maximum radiation to both sides, no chemo, no PEG, age 40 when diagnosed.
Re: Open wound on the neck [Re: Mark] #102384
08-26-2009 08:06 AM
08-26-2009 08:06 AM
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Congrats on finishing your tx! Yes, go see your doctor about these open wounds - how did they not see? Best to you as you start the recovery process.


Bill . . . SCC - originated in right tonsil, drifted into neck ( 28 lymph nodes removed - one positive ). Radical neck dissection in September 07, completed 34 radiation tx on January 4, 2008. Used Peg. Non smoker, 61, good shape, no previous health issues. Second year PET scan - "all clear".
Re: Open wound on the neck [Re: William1949] #102393
08-26-2009 12:25 PM
08-26-2009 12:25 PM
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Biafine is NOT supposed to used on an OPEN wound. It will work well on the burned areas. As the others said, you need to see your RO.

Take care,
Eileen


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Aug 1997 unknown primary, Stage III
mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
Aug 2001 tiny tumor on larynx, Stage I total laryngectomy; left ND
June 5, 2010 dx early stage breast cancer
June 9, 2011 SCC 1.5 cm hypo pharynx, 70% P-16 positive, no mets, Stage I

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