Hello Nicola P
Thanks for posting.
Emla cream can be used to numb the pain of needles and cannulas but as Evie-S says, you can’t be sure where the cannula will be placed.
Do contact the chemotherapy unit and explain your concerns. They can talk things through and work out the best way to help make sure any pain or discomfort is kept to a minimum. Sometimes ports or central lines as Evie-S had are used so perhaps you could ask about this.
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Hi NicolaP - I’ll start by giving you a big hug and sending you strength and good wishes as you start chemo. I had a port fitted when I had chemo and I used Emla cream about an hour before I arrived for chemo and it was brilliant. So I can’t see why you couldn’t use it for chemo - except that you won’t know exactly where the needle will be inserted I guess 🤔. Definitely ask your nurse/oncologist.
Maybe someone else will come along who used it without a port.
Hugs, Evie xx
Hi I am starting chemo on 16th June and and am terrified of needles and cannulas as they cause me such pain! Can I use Emla Cream to help with this during my chemo sessions please?