• Central IV Lines

    Asked by StunnedMike on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Central IV Lines

    My oncologist says I will need a central IV line for the chemo pump. I have the option of a line in my chest or one in my arm. Anyone have any comments on either?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I have a port in my upper chest that is used both to draw blood and give infusions. Neither my surgeon nor my oncologist gave me my arm as an option.

      about 9 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      The same...port in my chest. Just got it removed two days ago. It was a lifesaver!! Didn't have to deal with the needle sticks in the arm or hand like what was done in the hospital.

      about 9 years ago
    • PPaseka's Avatar

      My wife has had real good luck with her power port in her left chest. We don't do blood draws through it because of the extra time it takes to prep the area. Make sure if you get the get the port to get the lidicaine cream to numb the skin. She also applies the cream to her before blood draws. It helps with the "stick".

      about 9 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      If I found it a pain in the butt to sleep with my port in my chest...I would think in the arm would be worse. Ask for the one in the chest. Also, I wasnt given the choice either. Maybe the doctors know that it's easier to have it in your chest. It's a bit uncomfortable the 1st week. But you get used to it and later on you may even forget that you have it. :)

      about 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had 2 ports, the first one stopped working after a couple months and they put in another, other side of chest. I leaned up against a wall a time or two and that will remind you that you have it, but other than feeling it when you sleep in afunky position, It was ok. I actually kept mine for 10 years after done with treatment. They kept trying to let me have it out, but I was told that if it was out the next available site was the groin, I didn't want that. Had it taken out 4 years ago, was diagnosed again a year later. didn't have to have chemo this time luckily.

      Go for the chest area, I think the arm would hinder you more.

      about 9 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar

      I had an arm port. Being a woman that dresses with cleavage quite often, I didn't want that big lump in my chest! lol....vanity, all is vanity. :) It wasn't much of a problem either. My friend had the chest port.

      about 9 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I have a subcutaneous "Power Port" in my chest. Some of the chemo agents that I received are so toxic to human tissue that they would have destroyed the arm's veins, as well as causing necrosis if any leakage occurred. By way of analogy, the chemo will be much more effective if it is introduced into the river rather than in a tributary that feeds the river. A line which introduces the chemo into the bloodstream near the heart will ensure that the chemo is quickly diluted (avoiding tissue damage), as well as immediately distributed. A peripheral line is slower to introduce the chemo to the bloodstream, and risks damage to your veins, which could impact future blood draws for other medical conditions.

      Some lines are external, but the internal lines (or ports), are not susceptible to routine infection, and are essentially zero maintenance - other than monthly flushing to ensure that they remain open. I do not have port-related issues with sleeping, and it is usually not even in my awareness.

      about 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Hi Mike:
      I have my port in my left upper arm. I like it there much better than the chest took care of my mom with a port she had for 4yrs in her chest and it seemed to be in her way so I decided to go in my arm which I feel gives me more freedom I just put the tubes through my shirt sleeve and away I go. Its easy when you get chemo just wear short sleeves but make sure you get a power port when you get one that is the type you will be able to get chemo and test drugs through it also it will save you from alot of shots Good Luck any questions look me up.

      about 9 years ago

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