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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject:Newly Diagnosed

I am newly diagnosed.  Can you explain what a portacath is?


Posted: 30 Jul 2010 03:31 PM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject:Newly Diagnosed

A port-a-cath is a surgically implanted central venous access system.  It is placed underneath the skin near the clavicle and can go on the right or left side of your body.  It is a more convenient manner in administering chemotherapy than having a peripheral IV placed with each chemotherapy treatment.

 

When patients know they will be receiving chemotherapy, it is a good idea to obtain some sort of central venous access as the smaller veins in the arms become more difficult to find.  There are other options for central venous access that do not require surgery such as a PICC line or Central line.

 

To learn more about implanted ports and other access options you can attend the class that is provided daily in the Inufsion Therapy Cinic, Monday through Friday at 9:00am or 1:00pm on the 8th floor of the Mays Clinic Building, Elevator U.  Please check in with the receptionist to let them know you are there for this class.


Posted: 02 Aug 2010 01:47 PM
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