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Central Venous Catheter (CVC)


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A central venous catheter (CVC) is a catheter that is placed in a vein in the arm or hand or through a catheter implanted in a larger vein in the chest, neck or arm during surgery. It can stay in place. Drugs can be injected directly into the CVC, or through an IV connected to the CVC. Blood can also be drawn from these catheters.

A CVC is an alternative to catheters and needles which can scar or weaken veins with ongoing chemo.

There are a variety of ways drugs can be delivered through a CVC.

There a variety of types of CVCs. Which is the best to use for a particular patient depends on a variety of factors. Your doctor can help you decide if you need a CVC, and the right type of CVC for you.

NOTE: Emotionally, a CVC can become a constant reminder of your health condition because it protrudes from your body 24/7. If your emotions make your life difficult, talk with your doctor.

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