We have talked about ports earlier this week, now we want to talk about another way cancer patients get their medication, chemotherapy and blood draws. Some cancer patients get it through Central Lines instead of a port. A Centeal Line or a central venous catheter is a catheter placed in a large vein in the chest, neck, or arm, also called a PICC line. Central lines are placed while you are awake under general anesthesia. Central lines are another option instead of ports. Central lines do everything a port does except there’s no needle involved. Instead of accessing with a needle, all the nurse or doctor needs to do is connect the catheter ends to the medication needed. Central lines are hard to take care of and you have to keep up with it way more than a port. If your central line gets infected it can be deadly because it will go straight to the heart. The risk is much higher because the two catheters are exposed. You also can’t go swimming or take a bath because water can not get anywhere near that line. Benefits to a central line is no port access needles, you can get more fluids faster, central lines can stay in longer and blood work is easier. You can put an aqua guard over the sight but it’s super uncomfortable. Central lines are a life saver for many families and kids who need life saving treatments.
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Hello everyone! It’s Lindsey Pacios, the Founder and President of Team Cure. I started this blog to post some of my favorite articles I have written originally on Instagram onto our website! We also have some unique content on here you can’t find on our social media accounts. I hope you learn and get something out of this blog! Remember to go gold and share the facts about childhood cancer. Awareness leads to funding and that leads to a cure.
- Lindsey Pacios
Founder and President of Team Cure