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Chemotherapy may be given in many ways.
Things to know about getting chemotherapy through an IV
Chemotherapy is often given through a thin needle that is placed in a vein on your hand or lower arm. Your nurse will put the needle in at the start of each treatment and remove it when treatment is over. Let your doctor or nurse know right away if you feel pain or burning while you are getting IV chemotherapy.
IV chemotherapy is often given through catheters or ports, sometimes with the help of a pump.
Catheters. A catheter is a soft, thin tube. A surgeon places
one end of the catheter in a large vein, often in your chest area. The
other end of the catheter stays outside your body. Most catheters stay
in place until all your chemotherapy treatments are done. Catheters can
also be used for drugs other than chemotherapy and to draw blood. Be
sure to watch for signs of infection around your catheter.
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