Veins for Life
VEINS FOR LIFE* (VFL)
is an awareness program designed to help patients, caregivers
(friends & family) and healthcare providers understand how
implanted ports can be important components of overall
chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Its goal is exactly as its
name implies: to help preserve a patient's peripheral
vasculature (minimizing pain, maximizing convenience, and
limiting complications of intravenous chemotherapy) not only
for the duration of the therapy, but for the duration of the
patient's life. VFL is constructed on the principle that
patients and healthcare providers must be adequately and
accurately informed about the use of implanted ports. VFL is
comprised of a number of segments designed for patients,
healthcare providers, and caregivers (friends & family).
Let's face it,
getting chemotherapy isn't easy – no one likes getting
stuck by a needle. The poking, prodding, and potential failed
attempts to find a peripheral vein in your arms or hands can
be painful. Also, repeated use of peripheral I.V.s for blood
work and additional I.V.s may cause damage to the veins in
your arm or hand.
That's why the
VEINS FOR LIFE* awareness program was
VEINS FOR LIFE* awareness program is for and about
educating patients who require chemotherapy and their families
about implanted port usage and other intravenous (I.V.)
chemotherapy delivery options.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer or if you require
chemotherapy, or know of someone in either of these
situations, you may be seeking information about intravenous
(I.V.) chemotherapy delivery options, such as implanted ports
and ways that may help to decrease the discomfort associated
with chemotherapy delivery.
Talk to your doctor
or nurse to determine if a port is right for you- the decision
to use a port or other vascular access device is between you
and your healthcare provider.
about the various types of vascular access devices –
particularly implanted ports – and their advantages and
disadvantages over other ways of receiving I.V. chemotherapy
Veins for Life website.
When you register
for the VEINS FOR LIFE* awareness program, you'll receive
information to help educate you on ports and other vascular
access device options for delivery of chemotherapy treatment.