Experiences with Chemotherapy Port (Chemo Port, Mediport, Cancer Port, Power Port)

Experiences With Chemo Ports

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Thousands of WhatNexters have shared their firsthand experiences with chemotherapy ports. We encourage you to browse through their experiences below, share your own experiences or ask a question. Chemo ports are used to deliver chemo and other drugs to your system without having to start an IV in a vein in your hand or arm. The port is a small device that is surgically implanted just below the skin near your collarbone that allows the technician to access it and start your chemo or other IV, or take blood draws. It will save lots of problems with your veins from the harsh chemicals causing them to withdraw.

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A chemotherapy port, sometimes referred to as a mediport, cancer port, or portacath is a vascular access device that is implanted under the skin so that people with cancer can be given chemotherapy. Having a chemotherapy port implanted is a very common procedure for those receiving chemotherapy as part of their cancer treatment. It's a very simple surgery done in the operating room many times under local anesthesia.

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    • GregP_WN
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    3 months ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was the third port I've had put in throughout the 32 years of dealing with cancer. The first one quit working after about 6 mon...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • MamaKat71
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangio...
    4 months ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    It wasn't as bad as everyone told me and it makes doing my chemotherapy so much easier I wished I would have got my port sooner, I a...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  1. 5 months ago
    Barbara345's Avatar

    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    This takes some getting used to.

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 5 months ago
    Angelsmom05's Avatar

    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    2nd port placement

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
  3. 6 months ago
    siennasugar's Avatar

    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Feb 18 2020

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Honeygirl
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    8 months ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Christi
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Life saver

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Uintah
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    10 months ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Port surgery was worse than radical hysterectomy! Got infection, had to sleep on back and wear bra 24/7 for months. No trouble now...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • BILLY22
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esopha...
    11 months ago
    BILLY22's Avatar

    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    did chemo and radiation and then on May 17 2003 had MIE at UPMC. All with minimal side effects.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • HSguide
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell L...
    12 months ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    My port implantation went much better than I had expected. It's been 10 days since receiving it and it's still not real comfortable ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Deb59
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Recovery has been worse than the treatment. I now have a tracheotomy

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • 1BowHunter
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous ...
    about 1 year ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    It is some getting used to. Can't sleep well with it

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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