Being treated with chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can be given in different ways. You might have lines or ports to help your doctors give you chemotherapy.

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    How should I prepare for chemotherapy?

    Getting information about chemotherapy and its side effects can help you to plan and feel more in control.

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    Where can I have chemotherapy?

    Usually chemotherapy is given in a chemotherapy day unit. Some may people stay in hospital, or have treatment at home.

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    Ways in which chemotherapy can be given

    Chemotherapy can be given in different ways depending on the type of cancer you have and your treatment plan.

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    Central lines

    A central line is a long, thin hollow tube. It is inserted into a vein in your chest to give chemotherapy and other drugs.

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    Implantable ports

    An implantable port is a tube with a rubber disc at the end. It is inserted into a vein to give chemotherapy or other medicines.

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    PICC lines

    A PICC line is a long, thin, flexible tube known as a catheter. It’s put into the arm to give chemotherapy and other medicines.

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    Lumbar punctures

    A lumbar puncture involves inserting a hollow needle between two of the spinal bones. This may be used to give chemotherapy.

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    How chemotherapy may affect your everyday life

    You may be able to carry on with some of the things you usually do in your everyday life during chemotherapy.