Picc/Hickman and Portacath Lines

Hi

I am expecting to go into hospital soon to have a stem cell transplant for Multiple Myeloma.I have done some research in the use of certain Lines that the hospital uses, to make the job of administering  drugs etc easier, However i have read thar the Picc and Hickman lines carry a greater risk of getting an infection compared to a Portacath. My question is can i request a Portacath in advance? I believe the NHS do not routinely o offer the Portacath due to the cost.Can you advise how i can request one? Than you

Regards

  • Hello Lipflip5657 and thank you for contacting the online community.

    Have you spoken to your Cancer Nurse Specialist (CNS) about your thoughts on a portacath being used to administer your treatment? They should be your main point of contact in your healthcare team and if you have questions or need advice about your treatment, they will be able to help.

    We also have information on portacaths on our website and have a team of cancer specialist nurses you can speak to on our support line if you have any further questions. You can call in on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm), web chat or email if you’d prefer.

    How are you feeling about your upcoming stem cell transplant? We’re here to support you emotionally as well so please stay in touch if it would help to talk things over.

    Take care.

    Alex, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.

  • Hi thank you for replying to my concerns,

    I generally feel excited and fortunate to be offered a stem cell transplant, and also i would like to say how well i have been looked after by our amazing  NHS I have research the stem cell transplant process,and my only worries are contracting a virus or sepsis which in normal times would make me very unwell but now with my zero immune system this could finish me.This is what prompted me to question the lines they use and i understand the cost issues, my veins are dreadful at the best of times , it is not uncommon for the poor nurse who is attempting to take blood to take 5 times to find a vein, again with the picc/hickman line i anticipate this will be the case when they attempt to insert this,Do you think if i spoke to me CNS that she would be able to arrange for me to have the portacath straight off? I`am willing to pay the difference in cost if required

    Regards

    Lipflip5657

  • Hello

    Thank you for staying in touch with us. It’s great to hear that you are feeling good about the stem cell transplant. It is also understandable that you may have some concerns about it.

    In terms of your question, I would encourage you to ask your cancer nurse specialist about whether it may be possible for that to be arranged.  It might also help you to speak with one of our cancer information nurses here. They can perhaps provide you with some guidance about the process involved.  You can call 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm), web chat or email them.

    Please do stay in touch with us.

    Take care.

    David, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.