• Anyone have good experience with chemo with no port?

    Asked by Jhogan1959 on Monday, February 4, 2019

    Anyone have good experience with chemo with no port?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Caddo's Avatar

      Yes it wasn't pleasant but managed.it ok

      almost 2 years ago
    • buckhunter's Avatar

      I started my chemo and wasted each hand and the spot in your elbow where they like to get a vein right off. Those veins couldn't be used again because they would roll or blow out when they tried to use them again. After that they put a port in. I would take the port ANY DAY before getting poked and going through that again. Getting the port put in is a minor procedure, especially when you compare what it will keep you from going through in the number of times you will be poked with a needle. Get the port!

      almost 2 years ago
    • gertie22's Avatar

      I passed on the port for 5 mos of every 3 weeks chemo. Just couldn't face another surgery even a minor one. I tolerated iv well throughout

      almost 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I went the first year without a port. It ruined my veins. I wish my first oncologist had suggested a port. Not getting one sooner was one of the biggest mistakes I have made during my cancer journey.

      almost 2 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Why are you against a port? To me, it was truly a blessing. The nurses could access it very easily and it could be used for dues for scans, blood draws and other things.
      Read the many posts here about the pros and cons of getting a port. If it's the cost, to me it was worth the extra expense.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Jhogan1959's Avatar

      Thank you for your quick responses.
      Anyone have 2cd session of chemo??
      After the first 5?rounds?

      almost 2 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Not here. When I learned that a chemo leak from a vein could cause tissue necrosis, I never considered peripheral infusion. The flip side is that the chemo, via a port, is diluted quickly and dispersed throughout the body, fighting the cancer wherever it is. Into my 11th year and 20th drug, my veins are still great for blood draws. Without my port, I could not say that.

      almost 2 years ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar

      I am sorry. I have a port. Please consider reading this anyway. I have always had terrible veins so it was a no brainier for me. Port insertion is usually done while you are asleep. It will be sore for a while afterward. Then you hardly notice it. It does require flushing every 4- 6 weeks by a nurse to keep it open. Some people sleep with a small pillow under it to support it. After a while you hardly notice the needle stick when they access it. (Less nerve endings than your arms or hands and they can put numbing medicine on it if you want although I never chose that). I have seen people get stuck each time they get a chemo treatment and they did fine. Usually it is difficult to draw blood from a regular IV line for your blood work. (I am a RN, ICU mostly) That means 2 needle sticks (at least assuming they get it the first time they try) for each chemo treatment. Chemo treatments vary, sometimes it is once every 3 weeks, last time for me it was a three week cycle with 2 treatments every 3 weeks or it could be once a week. It depends on your Oncologist and how you tolerate chemo. Even after chemo you will be seeing your Oncologist at least 4 times a year or even more often depending on your situation for blood work. If your chemotherapy drug infiltrates with a regular IV (goes under your tissue, not in the vein) it can cause severe tissue damage, all chemo drugs are toxic. That will not happen with a port, they check for blood return (make sure it is in the vein) before they give you any chemotherapy. A port is in a large vein, it is a long term access. A regular IV has to be removed before you leave the facility. (I have had mine since August 2015). No I don't own any stock in Port companies. I just know a port is best. Even if you have the best veins to begin with, after all those sticks they start wearing out. It is still up to you if course. Also, my primary care provider's staff do not draw blood from ports and my hospital's lab does not usually do it either so even with a port I get stuck for blood in my arms or hands. Cancer is a chronic disease for all of us. Seriously consider a port. Talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions. May all go well with your treatment.

      almost 2 years ago

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