Shadow of branches on floor of Black Forest, so much like the network of arteries in the human body
TACE leaftlet 1
TACE leaflet 2
Updated 1 January 2015 re. importance of having a companion with you to make sure that your appointments during TACE run smoothly. There have been reports of patients being left on trolleys in the hospital corridors, the language problem, and patients being overlooked and having to discharge themselves.
Of all the treatments at Hallwang, Trans-arterial chemoembolisation (or TACE) was the one I dreaded the most.
PICC line/central venous line (after removal) with two lumens
Because of a series of high dose IV C infusions, my veins were non-existent or brittle as they hadn’t been flushed with saline after each session of IV C.
I had one or two faithful and hardworking veins which I trotted out whenever I needed blood tests or infusions. But they were getting tough and bruised. One of them was also in an awkward position, on the underside of the arm, next to the elbow. Getting to it required advance yoga practice.
My experiences with IV C had included 5 attempts to find a vein. So as you can imagine, I wasn’t looking forward to the multiple sharp-and-pointy experiences that awaited me at Hallwang.
A routine examination at a medical check-up offered by the company I work for.
A breast examination by the doctor. The ominous words delivered casually: