finding a good vein - fowlstack

Oh No Associated with Squamous Cell Cancer, Unknown Primary. Posted on August 29, 2014 View this journey (3 Experiences)

At 3 of my 5 treatments so far, the nurse has had to stick me at least 3 times in an attempt to locate a good vein to insert the catheter to start my Carbo and Taxol. Guess my age has something to do with the problem.

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  • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
    LiveWithCancer

    No one at the first place I went to for chemo ever suggested that I get a port. When I changed oncologists and hospitals, it wasn't long at all before a power port was suggested. I didn't want one - it was like admitting I really DID have cancer (forget the fact that I had had something like 16 infusions of chemo already) - but boy oh boy, it makes getting blood drawn and chemo infusions WAY, WAY easier. You might consider one.

    over 5 years ago
  • Keith59's Avatar
    Keith59

    I understand your frustrations....it usually takes two or three nurses sticking before they find anything they can use. Hang in there.

    over 5 years ago
  • Judt1940's Avatar
    Judt1940

    Get a port. You and I are close to same age and our veins go south on us. Finished chemo and port removed. It's so much easier.

    about 5 years ago

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