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Chemotherapy can be given in different ways. You might have lines or ports to help your doctors give you chemotherapy.
Getting information about chemotherapy and its side effects can help you to plan and feel more in control.
Usually chemotherapy is given in a chemotherapy day unit. Some may people stay in hospital, or have treatment at home.
Chemotherapy can be given in different ways depending on the type of cancer you have and your treatment plan.
A central line is a long, thin hollow tube. It is inserted into a vein in your chest to give chemotherapy and other drugs.
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.
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.
A lumbar puncture involves inserting a hollow needle between two of the spinal bones. This may be used to give chemotherapy.
You may be able to carry on with some of the things you usually do in your everyday life during chemotherapy.
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