A Self-Directed Learning Module


Implanted central venous access ports have become the mainstay of treatment for long-term cancer therapy. They are designed for safe, easy, and repeated access. One type of implanted venous access device is the Port-A-Cath. Port-A-Caths are tunneled right atrium catheters that feature a subcutaneous portal with a self-sealing septum that may be accessed by needle puncture through intact skin. Some of the advantages of Port-A-Caths are that they require little manipulation, have few complications, and promote a more positive body image and maintenance of routine lifestyle activities.