What is an implantable port and how does it work?

An implantable port, such as a port-a-cath, is a device used in cancer patients or other people who regularly receive intravenous medications or transfusions. It gives doctors or nurses quick access to veins. This way, the veins are not damaged by repeated needle sticks.

The following websites can provide you with more information on implantable ports:

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Cancertreatment/Treatmenttypes/Chemotherapy/Linesports/Implantableport.aspx