Pic line or Port line ?

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Pic line or Port line ?

I have just started Chemo today which will run for about 6 months. I currently have a pic line in my arm. They have also discussed a port line when a specialist is available. I was wondering what other people's experience has been...  Which is better? 

 

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Re: Pic line or Port line ?

Hi Albundy21,

 

I had a port-a-cath installed (is installed the right term?). I never had a chemo via a pic line.

From my perspective and limited experience, the port-a-cath was hassle free.

A local anaesthetic while it's installed (and a bit of discomfort when the anaesthetic wears off), but that was about it. Hardley even feel anything when being connected up to the chemo.

I had chemo every 2 weeks for 6 months (FOLFOX).

If I ever need chemo again, I'll have a port-a-cath installed again. No stress.

 

-sch

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Re: Pic line or Port line ?

Thanks for your reply,  I think it maybe the best choice. I was told it is lot easier when it comes to washing or having a shower.  At the moment I have to wrap a plastic bag around my arm to keep the pic line dry.  The pic line dosen't hurt, but I also have to careful with my arm not to bump it or lift anything a bit heavy as it may cause bruising.

 

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