Rebuilding veins after chemo?

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Question from Dragonfli: Is there any way to help rebuild your veins after receiving harsh chemotherapy that has hardened and damaged the veins?
Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. These changes in the veins usually go away within a few months after completing chemotherapy. If you are having repeated problems with your veins, you may want to talk to your doctor about having a port. has a lot of information about ports.

If you are done with your chemotherapy, however, just be patient. If you are having pain at the site of a previous IV, ask your doctor if you can take an anti-inflammatory drug and if ice might help if applied to that area on your arm.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Heat may also be helpful.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Chemotherapy Updates featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in chemotherapy treatment: different types of drugs and regimens, how to reduce or eliminate unpleasant side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2002.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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