Being treated with chemotherapy

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

  • How should I prepare for chemotherapy?

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

  • 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.

  • How chemotherapy is given

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

  • 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 is put into the arm to give chemotherapy and other medicines.

  • Lumbar punctures

    A lumbar puncture involves inserting a hollow needle between 2 of the spinal bones. This may be used to give chemotherapy.

  • Having a chemotherapy into a limb

    Chemotherapy can be given directly into a limb to treat cancer that is in one area.

  • Side effects of chemotherapy into a limb

    After having chemotherapy into a limb, you may develop some side effects, mostly in the limb that was treated.

  • 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.