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PICC line problems

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Re: PICC line problems

Hi Chee

 

Thanks for your post.

 

While it’s easier to have your chemo through a PICC line, it must be very uncomfortable to have a dressing applied when the skin is broken.

 

As Butterflyflyfree suggests it might be an idea to try other dressing options that keep adhesive off the sore area to allow it time to heal. You could ask if the hospital has a nurse specialist in intravenous therapy who may be able to advise on this.

 

An implantable port is also an option for giving chemo and can be inserted under local anaesthetic. However it is likely your team would prefer to keep using the PICC line if possible.

 

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Re: PICC line problems

Hi Butterflyflyfree 

 

Thanks so much for your post, my next line care appointment is at chemo on Wednesday so I'll ask them about the options you suggest and see what they say.  I feel like I shouldn't moan about it as in the grand scheme of things at the moment it shouldn't be that big a deal, but the constant stinging is driving me crazy!

 

Thanks again, and all the best to you for your treatment.

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Re: PICC line problems

Hi Chee

Sorry to hear you are having problems with the dressings used for your PiCc line. I too had the same problem, and tried every kind of dressing they had. Surely they need to allow your skin to heal before applying another sticky dressing, it must be so uncomfortable. I had got to the point where the nurses were considering daily flushes and just using gauze and tape each day. So that might be worth a try if not too much hassle. Otherwise have they mentioned a Port? I had to have my PICC line removed urgently as I had a blood clot, and then went on to have a Port inserted. No weekly flushing and no dressing changes. Under the skin so no hassle with showering. The best thing for my skin certainly. I still have to be careful with dressings when they access my Port, but as long as they don’t stay on too long I’m fine. 

Hope that might give you something to work with. Good luck. Xx

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PICC line problems

I'm halfway through FEC-T and had a PICC line fitted before my second cycle due to problems accessing a vein at my first chemo appointment. Despite having sensitive dressings over my PICC, my skin seems to react really badly, meaning that when the dressing is removed each week at my line care appointment bits of skin come away with it. This doesn't seem to get chance to heal as it's then immediately covered with another dressing. Last week the nurse applied some barrier cream, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference, if anything my skin seems worse this week.

 

I've never had issues with sensitive skin before, and the nurses don't know why ots happened and have said I'm just unlucky. But it's making my line care appointments really painful, and I'm constantly dreading the next dressing change.

 

Any advice on how to deal with this? I'm starting to wonder if I should ask for the line to be removed, but I'd prefer to keep it as it makes chemo so much easier.