When cancer suddenly appears in a person’s life, it changes that life radically. In addition to the fear, the doubt and the uncertainty, the person then has to undergo so any tests, analyses, injections, scans and diagnostic imaging tests. If the person is unfortunate enough to have the feared illness confirmed, he or she will have to undergo months of treatment, namely chemotherapy or immunotherapy, as the case requires. In addition, there will be weekly analyses to control the toxicity in the blood that is usually produced by most types of chemotherapy.
Will my veins be affected? Will it hurt?
At HC Cancer Centre we strive to offer patients the best possible quality service, aiming to avoid unnecessary damage while always caring for the patients’ wellbeing.
At HC Cancer Centre we choose to use the P.I.C.C. (Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter). The catheter is inserted in a deep vein on the inside of the arm and it is
projected to a larger vein near the heart.
There are three specific purposes for this:
This is done during a hospital visit when a specialist nurse would apply a local anaesthetic controlled by a dedicated ultrasound machine.
THE P.I.C.C. The purpose of the P.I.C.C. is to serve for the administration of medication, in the case of oncology, tor he cytostatic medicines, and the administration of serum therapy, blood transfusions, other vena cava intravenous medications, and indeed also for the extraction of blood samples for analysis.
Advantages of the P.I.C.C.
The method of insertion is safe, it is minimally invasive and does not leave any scars. How long the catheter does last depends on how well the patient looks after it. For example, it must not get wet and should the patient practise sport, he/she must avoid any exercises that demand a great effort.