Treatment for ulcerating skin metastases?

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Question from Hania: What treatment is suggested for ulcerating skin metastases?
Answers - Thomas Buchholz Radiation tends to be effective at helping ulcerations heal and helps frequently with pain associated with ulceration.
Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. Depending on the timing of these ulcerated lesions in the overall treatment history, as well as the number and location of these lesions, one might select different treatments or treatment combinations. In the presence of a single or limited number of closely clustered ulcerated lesions, radiation might be an excellent choice. If there are multiple, especially widely spread lesions, then systemic therapy alone or in combination with selected local treatments might be a good choice too. Systemic treatments might be chemotherapy or hormonal therapy or something like Herceptin, depending on the type of tumor.

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