Implant chemotherapy port - Katwmn63

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer. Posted on September 21, 2017 View this journey (4 Experiences)

Why my left? my seat belt goes right across my port and genuinely irritates it. I know this is petty, but I also now have to change a 38 year habit of carrying my purse on my left. what guides the doc's decision to go left or right?

Went as Expected: Agree
Minimal Recovery: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Agree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
2 Comments
  • myb's Avatar
    myb

    I know the surgeon asked me if I was a righty or lefty. I am a righty and port implanted on the left. Bra strap irritated the XXX out of me so used to leave down and the seatbelt strap was just as irritating. I used to put a folded dishtowel between me and seatbelt. I had port for additional 6 months after chemo when had 2 clean scans at 3 n 6 months. When I went to local hospital for port flush during that time, they gave me a soft velcro strap to attach to seatbelt to buffer. Heads up the genie bra was ok as the strap was light and wide.

    almost 4 years ago
  • medale's Avatar
    medale

    My chemo port went on my right (I don't remember them asking but they probably did). I remember feeling the seat belt uncomfortably the first few weeks but since it healed up and the bruising went away it's been OK. A search on Google for "port implant seat belt" brings up some cushions that would probably provide relief from the seatbelt and maybe even a purse?

    With chemo I have found that it is all about managing these "little" things before they become big - getting control over the things you can control. The doctors and nurses really are the experts at managing all the chemo side effects and so far they have had a remedy for everything I encountered (except for the fatigue). So make sure you mention any problems or discomfort to them early. I made a mistake my first chemo week not wanting to bother anyone with a constipation issue and that was a painful mistake that the nurses helped me fix in the second go-around. Best of luck with your treatment!

    almost 4 years ago

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