• A question came up that was emailed to us. How long after your last treatment did you wait to have your port taken out?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Saturday, September 23, 2017

    A question came up that was emailed to us. How long after your last treatment did you wait to have your port taken out?

    My first one quit working about 6 months in, it was taken out and replaced in surgery, twilight type. Then the second one worked fine and I kept it for 15 years after treatment was over. I had it flushed when I went to doctors visits, but after I got put on yearly visits, it stopped flushing. They told me if it was ever needed it could be unstopped. I finally let them take it out after 15 years.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      I did not need to wait at all. The first one fell out immediately. The second one right after its last use.

      6 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I was finished with it in January and had it removed in June when I had my permanent implants done. I was a little too superstitious to have it removed immediately. I figured since I was going to be under anesthesia, I might as well get it removed at that time.

      6 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      I waited almost a year after I ended chemo. I could have done it earlier, but that felt like the right time.

      6 months ago
    • Kris103's Avatar

      It was about a year. I was often concerned that something would come up and I'd need it. Actually, if it wasn't such a pain to have it cleaned out so often, I'd have kept it in. I'm a real hard stick for blood work, and the port made it so much easier.

      6 months ago
    • jhale17's Avatar

      I had my port in for ten-years. I am five years out from my last treatments but having had NHL four times and my port still in good shape I am keeping it for a while longer.

      6 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I waited about 10 months to remove the port. I had it for just under two years. And sometimes like for blood draws, I wish it was still here.

      6 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I finished treatment about a year ago and so far they have not suggested removing it

      6 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      My last chemo was on October 16, 2014.
      My port was removed on January 12, 2016, after it had given me a blood clot. I had been hoping to keep it for as long as possible because my veins are persnickety and it made blood draws and other procedures so much easier.

      6 months ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar

      I received five months of chemo after diagnosis. I had the port removed the next month when I had surgery. I did not want a foreign body inside of myself. That was in June 2015.

      6 months ago
    • Madolyn's Avatar

      I had to have it removed about 6 mo after I finished chemo. My port had become infected with
      unknown bacterial infection, it required immediate surgery. I have to say it was the first time I was
      in the hospital and enjoyed it. No pain, no side effects, no restrictions....I just enjoyed the
      time and enjoyed the food.
      However, afterwards they always had to take any kind of blood test through the veins in the top of my feet.....now that is excruciatingly painful. And, the phlebotomists felt so badly, that I wanted to make them feel better....so as I gritted my teeth, it eased my pain, too.
      Once I was able to use my arms for blood draws, that was no longer necessary.

      6 months ago
    • Madolyn's Avatar

      Has anyone had the port scar tattooed? What did you choose?

      6 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      First port was removed after about 18 mo. Got tired of the flushing. 10 years cancer free so no need for one. I'll have this port buried with me. First scar is where my pacemaker was implanted. I wear all of my scars proudly to show I've survived.

      5 months ago

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