Wound Type: Fungating wounds

What is a fungating wound?

Fungating wounds (also known as malignant wounds) occur when cancer that is growing beneath the skin breaks through the skin, creating a wound. 

Fungating wounds can develop both in the part of the body where the cancer originated, or in another part of the body that the cancer has spread to.

Symptoms of a fungating wound

Fungating wounds can be extremely distressing for the patient, due to the unacceptable and offensive presence of the wound. Symptoms can include:

  • high levels of exudate
  • malodour (unpleasant smell)
  • pain
  • bleeding
  • itching

Care of fungating wounds

For many patients with a fungating wound, objectives may focus on symptom control to increase quality of life.

In clinical practice, MaxioCel has been found to effectively control exudate,  reduce malodour and improve patient comfort.

To read more about MaxioCel’s positive impact on patients with oncology wounds, including malignant wounds, view our poster here.






Healing is often not a therapeutic reality and symptom control is the priority often involving treatment regimens that sit outside of common wound care practice.

Pramod, S. Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse


(1) A ten patient case study series of the impact of a 100% Chitosan based dressing with Bioactive Microfibre Gelling™ (BMG) technology in Individuals with oncology wounds. Pramod, S, Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse, Wounds UK 2022

(2) Fungating wounds: Causes, characteristics and impact on patients. Verdon, A, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wound Essentials 2015, Vol 10 No 2