Interventional Oncology

Access for therapy

Why special access to the venous system is required?

Your treatment may require frequent access of the venous system for:

  • Prolonged intravenous (IV) antibiotic treatment

  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), where all nutritional needs of the body as supplied intravenously. This bypasses the digestive system by dripping a nutrient solution directly into a vein.

  • To continue treatment e.g. the administration of fluids and medication for patients at home or in non-hospital care 

  • Chemotherapy drugs often need to be delivered into a large central vein where the drugs are instantly diluted by the blood stream and distributed efficiently to the entire body.  Having access to large veins makes your therapy safe and more comfortable. 

A Portacath (Port)  or a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC line) are two potential ways to provide access. Your doctor will discuss the most suitable option with you.