Important Safety Information

Patient Information
Bookmark and Share
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Getting Started

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, or if you require chemotherapy, or know of someone in either of these situations, you may be seeking information about intravenous (I.V.) chemotherapy delivery options and ways that may help to decrease the discomfort associated with chemotherapy delivery.

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 your arms or hands can be painful. Also, repeated use of peripheral I.V.s for blood work and additional I.V.s may cause damage to the veins in your arm or 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 choice1

You can impact the way you fight cancer

Talk to your doctor or nurse to determine if a port is right for you- the decision to use a port or other vascular access device is between you and your healthcare provider.

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 physician or nurse about these and other risks, and whether a port or other treatments are right for you. For important safety information, please click here.

Expand All

Real patients with real stories —