Procedures

Our guide to the different types of central venous access device available
Central Venous Access Device (CVAD)

A central venous access device (CVAD),  or "line" as it is most commonly referred to by both medical and nursing staff,  allows drugs to be delivered into one of the largest veins in the body. One end of the line (catheter) sits in a large vein just outside the heart (the Superior Vena Cava), and what happens to the other end of the catheter depends on which CVAD is being used:

  • PICC - one end of the catheter comes out of the upper arm
  • Tunnelled CVC - one end of the catheter comes out of the upper chest
  • Portacath - is completely under the skin

All the devices below can be used for blood tests and delivering chemotherapy. Dr Leech appreciates that all patients are unique and have individual needs and he will be able to advise on the most suitable device for you. This will depend on your underlying condition, the chemotherapy regime, the duration of treatment and your lifestyle.

Portacath

Portacath

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PICC

PICC

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Tunnelled CVC

Tunnelled CVC

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Frequently asked questions

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