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It has a lot of names: central line, iv port, chest catheter, Hickman catheter, medical port, portacath or CVAD (central vascular access device).
A port is a small medical appliance that's placed beneath the skin in the upper chest area. It's attached to a catheter that connects to a large vein. Through the chest port, blood is taken and medications and fluids are given to the patient.
During treatment, chest ports can be used on a daily basis and require constant care.
We have found that having a few chest port shirts for chemotherapy treatment can make patients feel far more comfortable during treatment.
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