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A 26-year-old female asked about a 60-year-old female:

My mom has stage 4 breast cancer, last month had to have emergency surgery for a perforated colon. she is not healing even with a wound vac?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Use high suction: Stage 4 Breast Ca may not be contributing if she is in good shape and not on chemo which impedes healing. If bowel perforation is from diverticular disease and not from disease, if problem is drainage, the Vac should be on high suction and patient given hyperalimentation to improve healing of wound.
Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
Not sure of your: Question. Stage 4 cancer means she is immunosuppressed and therefore will not heal well.

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