subcutaneous port

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(sub-kyoo-TANE-ee-us port)

A tube that is placed under the skin which goes into a blood vessel. A special needle can be put into the end of the tube. The port is used to give drugs directly into the blood. It can also be used to take blood samples.

Read more about ports and other ways chemotherapy is given. See an illustration of a port.


Audio contributed by: Whoopi Goldberg

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