• Blood draw before port removal

    Asked by Valentinegirl on Monday, March 4, 2013

    Blood draw before port removal

    I completed chemo in November, and have recently completed radiation. I am finally getting around to having my port removed tomorrow, and have been asked to arrive an hour early in order to have bllod drawn. Does anyone know why this would be? I keep thinking that they want to make sure that I do not need any additional chemo before they take out the port.

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    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I'm pretty certain it's just to verify your blood is clotting normally before the invasive procedure.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Most oncologists do blood work, a CBC panel at a minimum, every three months, usually for several years after active treatment. If you finished chemo in November, you are about due. I've left my port in just for those quarterly blood draws.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I don't have any guess on why the request for blood work.....they didn't do it before mine....but it can't hurt...good luck tomorrow....

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I have my blood work at the Oncology Center on a regular basis whereas the port was removed at a different location on the Campus -- so I didn't have a blood draw before port removal. Maybe your oncologist requested it for the routine testing -- one last draw out of the port rather than using your arm sooner than they have to.
      I wish you the best!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have had blood draws before every procedure. Usually a day or two before, to check CBC, liver functions etc. Most of these results are available with in an hour of the draw. It standard procedure.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      First congratulations on finishing treatment! Yay! Second, i never thought I would say this, but I miss my port for those blood draws. My veins are so small and hard to find, I feel like a freakin pin cushion every time they take blood. Your oncologist will test for many things often, so this is routine for cancer survivors. They check for clotting, levels of vitamins, CA125, iron, lots of things, so it is a good thing! If your doctor thought you needed more chemo your port removal would not be scheduled. We do tend to worry easily after treatment, but try to relax and enjoy getting your health back. Good luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      So, how'd it go today, Valentinegirl?

      over 3 years ago
    • Marshah's Avatar

      I believe you are right about being sure that you do not need additional chemo. Congratulations on reaching this milestone.

      over 3 years ago

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