Supportive care

During your chemotherapy, you’ll also need treatment for the symptoms caused by a lack of normal blood cells. Lower numbers of blood cells may be due to both the leukaemia itself and the chemotherapy.

Supportive care includes having a drip (transfusion) of red blood cells and platelets to replace your normal blood cells. You will also need antibiotics to prevent and treat any infections. To prevent an infection you may be given antibiotics tablets. To treat an infection, the antibiotics are given through your central line.

We have more information about blood transfusions and platelet transfusions.

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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.

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.

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.