THE POTENTIALS OF HONEY IN MANAGING BREAST CANCER WOUNDS: A LITERATURE REVIEW
Objective:This review aimed to explore recent published literature, research and practice in managing breast cancer wounds with a specific focus on the potential values of honey in managing the wounds.
Methods:Ten databases were searched (CINAHL, EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Google Scholar, Wiley Interscience, Science Direct, Blackwell Synergy, Liebert Online, Internurse, and Gale Cengage) using the search terms â€˜fungating wound' OR â€˜malignant wound', â€˜breast cancer wounds' AND â€˜honey' AND â€˜Indonesia'. The search was limited from period of 2006 to 2016, to English and Indonesian language, and only full text articles were included. Reference lists of relevant articles were also hand searched.
Results: The search identified twelve articles that met the search criteria. An article published before 2006 was also included on the basis of its relevance. All articles were written in English. Publications have indicated that a malignant wound represents a cluster of symptoms such as malodor, heavy exudate, pain, bleeding, and various psychosocial issues.In order to stabilize and prevent wound deterioration, the physical and bioactive properties of honey may have potentials to be applied as a single treatment in primary wound dressings to manage offensive odor and heavy exudate.Â
Conclusion: Further research to study native Indonesian honeys' properties will be beneficial to assist with practice decisions.
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