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Getting Started

If someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, chances are you've found yourself in a new role: caregiver. As your loved one's caregiver, it's important for you to learn as much as you can about the different types of vascular access devices available for the delivery of chemotherapy and other I.V. medications.

Let's face it, getting chemotherapy isn't easy – no one likes getting stuck by a needle. The poking, prodding, and potential failed attempts to find a peripheral vein in the arms or hands for your blood tests and I.V.s can be painful for your loved one. Also, repeated use of Peripheral I.V.'s may cause damage to the veins in the arm and hand.

By visiting this web site, you have taken the first step in learning more about the various types of vascular access devices – particularly implanted ports – and their advantages and disadvantages over other ways of receiving I.V. chemotherapy.3

According to a randomly selected, blinded U.S. national survey conducted by Bard Access Systems, Inc., 93% of responding oncology nurses surveyed ranked ports as their chemotherapy delivery method of choice.1

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A port is not for everyone - especially patients with a history of forming blood clots, who have had previous vascular access surgery, or who are not emotionally prepared to have an implanted medical device. Like any vascular access procedure, there is always a risk of complications, including venous blood clots, skin erosion, infection, a collapsed lung, or clotting of the port catheter. Talk to your loved one's physician or nurse about these and other risks, and whether a port or other treatments are right for him/her.

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