Picc Line

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Hi,after having bilateral lymph node dissection last week with operation going well, this Wednesday was admitted urgently to theatre with an infection causing neck to swell beyond comfort. Operation drained saliva fluid and I could eat without chocking, forward a day back to same scenario, theatre last night and drains again each side. On off the cuff remark has got me more worried as it was said I would be going back to theatre for a Picc line, neither myself nor nurse on ward knew about this. Consultant refused to come out to explain (it was late) …

it is now 6:30am and have sat worrying all night

  • Hi. Was chemotherapy mentioned? 

    Dani 

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  • Hi Was chemo mentioned like Dani said a? If your veins in hands are difficult to get cannulas in a pic line is a good alternative. I would want to know why before they do it. Know a few who did have pic line they were having a few different chemos or veins were difficult to acess. 
    Hazek xx

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  • Hi Hazel, no nothing was mentioned just one of the theatre staff off the cuff remark. Nurse in ward called Consultant and said he would see me first thing and explain. 
    Dani I read that Piccs are for chemo but no one has mentioned that to date! 

  • Dani I read that Piccs are for chemo but no one has mentioned that to date

    I’m at a loss, then. It’s a pity nobody bothered to explain to you. Awful! 
    let us know what happens. 
    PS

    the only thing I can think of is that as this is a recurrence your consultant has you down for chemoradiation but I fail to see why this hasn’t already been discussed. 

    Dani 

    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

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  • Hi Jellyshoes ,

    I hope by now someone has been out explain the procedure and why its needed.

    My friends son had one fitted as it was tricky to get candulas in His was for Chemo PICC insertion went well . I know they can use them for others medication  PICC …. sorry cant be more helpful x

    Hope ir goes ok

    Debbie