Optimising wellbeing in people living with malignant wounds (#135)
Malignant wounds are caused by cancerous cells invading skin tissue. These wounds can be then bleed, become malodouress and painful causing physical and psychological distress. Malignant wounds rarely heal and are a distressing problem for a significant number of patients with advanced cancer. The management of malignant wounds is complex and challenging and patients living with these wounds face major changes in their everyday lives. The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of wellbeing in people living with malignant wounds by sharing patient stories from the real world clinical environment. Optimising wellbeing is the result of collaboration and interactions between clinicians, patients, their families and carers, the healthcare system and industry. The ultimate goal is to optimise wellbeing, alleviate/manage symptoms and ensure all parties are fully engaged in this process.