Palliative management of malodorous squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity with Manuka honey

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. Mar-Apr 2015;42(2):190-2. doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000114.


Background: The management of malignant malodorous wounds within the oral cavity can be challenging due to limited availability of dressings that are safe, efficacious, and ingestible.

Case description: An 80-year-old woman with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity was admitted to home care with complaints and distress related to extreme malodor.

Conclusion: Manuka honey proved a safe, effective, palliative treatment to reduce odor and inflammation in wounds secondary to squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity in this patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / complications
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Mouth / drug effects*
  • Odorants / prevention & control
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing / drug effects