as i have discussed under the oncology forum, my sister is starting an aggressive round of chemo (3 different kinds) on 8/4.
her chemo oncologist recommended a portacath, which i whole heartedly agreed with. now today, her surgeon/oncologist, who was having my sister sign the consent form, was encouraging her to talk w/other onc nurses re: peripheral iv's for her chemo.
i am trying to find info to give to my sister re: risks of both types of therapy.
but i so want her to get the portacath, which is scheduled for 7/28.
any feedback as to experiences with peripheral ivs and chemo would be helpful. my biggest concerns are its' vesicant properties, going into small veins and lisa getting stuck everytime. since she had her aspiration biopsy (x7 diff areas) and the needle literally went in one part of the breast and came out the other, lisa is petrified of needles. and that was another reason i wanted her to get a portacath.
i'm not sure precisely what i'm looking for but any type of experiences with above might give me more info.
any websites would also be helpful. thanks guys. you're always there when needed.
Jul 26, '04
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
My MIL went through a year of Chemo in 1979 --first month with PIV her veins were terrible! Portacaths were just introduced then, and I insisted she get one. After a month, she couldn't believe how much better the experiece getting chemo.
Only 2 RN's at the hospital were Portacath trained in those days so I often would access her the AM of treatment if they weren't on duty. She wasn't expected to live three months but beat the odds dying 10 years later and got the chance to see my two sons born. She was even able to wear sleavless tops with no one the wiser in summer.
My advice and desire if i get sick: PICC if 1-3 months tx; Portacath for longer treament.
potacath instruction for patient + device picture
Vascular Access Infections in the Outpatient Setting--Power Point Required
eMedicine - Venous Access Port Problems : http://www.emedicine.com/aaem/topic472.htm#target1
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 26, '04