Avatar universal

Green discharge for burn

My Wife is going through radiation therapy and it has left the area below her arm peeling and black in color while other areas are red. For the last two days there has been a green discharge from the area over night. The doctor indicated the skin looks healthy and they would just continue to monitor the skin. Is this signs of an infection and will it heal or is the skin dead?
3 Responses
1118884 tn?1338592850
If oncologist is not concerned, try to relax.

Radiation therapy is extremely harsh on skin.  Think a severe burn on area radiated. Like you, I would be concerned with a green discharge.

You don't say what type of cancer your wife has: I'm guessing breast or lymph glands are involved.

I had radiation and chemo for 6 wks when treated for anal cancer.  It took about a year for my skin to stop hurting.  Your wife will experience phases of discomfort for some time after treatment is stopped.  I used a heavy cream and an ointment "Calmaseptine" I believe it was called for ages.  It has been two years since treatment, and what I deal with now is radiation scarring.  But don't think too far ahead.  Radiation oncologist and surgeons are good about telling you what to expect as time passes.
Avatar universal
Thanks, The cancer is breast cancer but involves lymph glands. Yesterday the oncologist said that it was not infected but she was running a low grade fever. She went to a general practitioner who disagreed and said it was infected and prescribed a anti-biotic. Now I'm not sure if this is just an honest mistake or something else. Wondering if she should take a break from treatment until it heals or continue as the oncologist wants.
1118884 tn?1338592850
Frankly, I'd think about taking a break until antibiotic clears up the infection.

I stopped chemo when it was causing bleeding thru' skin of legs and arms. Resumed in a few days when home nurse determined I was well enough to go on.

For whatever reason, the oncologists involved in my treatment were not the best resource for me when I had treatment induced side effects. Even now, 2 yrs after treatment, I have a difficult time getting the surgeon who supervises me to offer suggestions on various scarring issues.  Like your wife's doctor, he tells me whatever is happening is normal due to radiation scarring.

Main thing...your wife won't be able to comply with treatment is she is ill, so I'd stick with what GP tells you.  She can pick up radiation therapy when she stops running a fever.
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Cancer Community

Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Here are 15 ways to help prevent lung cancer.
New cervical cancer screening guidelines change when and how women should be tested for the disease.
They got it all wrong: Why the PSA test is imperative for saving lives from prostate cancer
Everything you wanted to know about colonoscopy but were afraid to ask
A quick primer on the different ways breast cancer can be treated.
Get the facts about this disease that affects more than 240,000 men each year.