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Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation? Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

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Unread 02-22-2004, 12:13 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

I know this isn't about gyn cancer, but I am hoping that someone will have an answer.

I just got off the phone with my 85 yr old MIL who has just finished radiation treatments for skin cancer on her leg.

( I should mention that she lives in Canada and we are in Europe - so physically really far apart!!! we can't just pop over and check on her)

She tells us that on Friday her leg started smelling bad and oozing green liquid -- and I don't know why she didn't go to ER, but she didn't...
On Saturday, her next door neighbour's daughter came to have a look (this daughter is a nurse) and she told my MIL that this is normal after radiation and to be expected.

We are trying to get MIL to go to the dr first thing tomorrow, but I don't know that she will go, now that she has had this reassurance.

Can anybody reassure us? Is it true that this kind of oozing is normal???

thank you so much for any info you can offer. I looked on the net but didn't really find anything that made me feel I'd found the right thing.
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Unread 02-22-2004, 12:30 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

I believe it is common for this to happen with high doses of radiation to one area, but this is what can lead to infections.

It is very important that she at least call her radiation doctor to see what he wants her to do.

I do not remember reading about the smell being normal though. That would worry me.

nancy j
Unread 02-22-2004, 02:43 PM

Just a year ago I was in the midst of 33 radiation treatments for very early stage breast cancer. Before I started radiation I heard about "oozing blisters" from a woman at a breast cancer support group meeting. A nurse gave her special medicinal cream to apply and certain type of bandage / covering. Sorry I don't remember what they were.

Before I started radiation, my radiation oncologist's nurse told me to apply 100% aloe vera gel three or four times per day to the radiated area. I did it faithfully starting the day before the treatments actually started. I had very little skin reaction to the radiation. My skin was just kind of red and dry and was back to normal about a month after radiation ended. All in all, I had a very easy time with it.

Mary D.
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Unread 02-22-2004, 02:49 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

Thanks for the replies ladies.
I'm now 100% convinced we can't risk that she doesn't call the dr, and we will have to follow up with her and make sure she does.

I appreciate you help.
Unread 02-22-2004, 02:50 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

It just isn't worth taking a chance with at all.

I know I am the worlds' worst for not wanting to have to go to yet another doctors' appointment, but I think she needs to followup on this.

Keeping her in my prayers~~~~~~

nancy j
Unread 02-22-2004, 10:55 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?


Radiation burns are more prone to infection; the color green is a sign that bacteria (probably some sort of staph have moved in .

She definitely needs to see someone; wound healing is compromised after radiation anyway, and her age doesn't help. Is there anyone in her community who will be able to take her in to the ER? This is too important to just let go; my bet is that she'd be admitting for heavy-duty antiobiotics IV -- for a while, I'm afraid.

I'll add her to my prayer list. I know it's hard to do much of anything from the other side of the world, but if there's a family member, neighbor, or friend who can take her in ASAP, that's what she really needs...

Unread 02-22-2004, 11:10 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

Hi Audrey!!!
thanks for your input - scary, but exactly what we feared.
She had been very scared too, but this nurse calmed her down so much (with the best intentions, I'm sure, but...) that I really doubt MIL will go to the dr unless we push--- If necessary I can call one of her friends - there isn't any family within 6 hours (by air!!!)
Unread 02-24-2004, 02:46 PM
Can anyone offer some insight - oozing /weeping sores after radiation?

Hi Ladies,
I just wanted to let you know that MIL has been checked out by a nurse from the radiation clinic and it seems things are ok.
A nurse will be coming by the house on a regular basis to clean and re-dress the leg.

Thank you for your support and for sharing your experience/knowledge with me -

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