• Chemo Ports - Pros and Cons please

    Asked by MichaelDicleLS on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Chemo Ports - Pros and Cons please

    I am going to start another round of chemo and my doctor wants to put a port in now and stop using my arm veins. I am on the fence about it. What do you say, it seems I read more pros than cons. Is that true?

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    • JaneA's Avatar

      Get the port - it is much more comfortable. They can also use it to draw blood for lab results and to inject dye for scans. Our veins aren't built to withstand chemo on a regular basis. It may sound scary, but a port is a cancer patient's best friend.

      I am a Stage IV cancer survivor and I still have my port almost 5 years after diagnosis - they use it for blood draws and scans. No sticks and no pain and no bruised arms. Best wishes.

      10 months ago
    • Ginj's Avatar

      I’m glad I have the port. I finished treatment but, have kept it in in case I need it again. No problems with it & no discomfort.

      10 months ago
    • Sasukesuma's Avatar

      Implantation is easy. It saves your veins and helps avoid situations like the one I had in ER where the doctor hit an artery instead of a vein. Nice blood geyser! Oncology nurses are experts at accessing the port. Virtually painless. You don’t even notice the port is there.
      I would suggest , though, that if you are going in for a procedure like a cat scan that you go to your cancer center and have a nurse access the port for you. They are better at it than most others.

      10 months ago
    • Emilyann's Avatar

      Get the port. Makes everything much easier and better for you all around. I hated mine at first. It felt very awkward and it was hard sleeping because of how I position my body. In the long run, I would have the port implanted!

      10 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Get a port! And check out the blogs about ports!
      It's an easy installation and well worth it!

      10 months ago
    • dkmjackson's Avatar

      My Husband got the port. Great choice, did not have to get stuck for bloodwork or to get Chemo infusion - Home Health Nurse changed all the bandages - just had to be cautious but a fabric sock meant to cover it helped so much.

      10 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Over ten years I had two ports - for different reasons. Not a single problem with either. No reason not to. Here's how different/odd I am: My first port was placed by Dr. Robert Hickman, of Hickman catheter fame. I now have it in a shadow box, along with the card that bears his name.

      10 months ago
    • pammyjo's Avatar

      I couldnt have done chemo without a port.
      I was only slightly less terrified of getting a port than I was of getting an IV every week for my dose dense chemo schedule.
      I'm so glad I got the port. I would arrive for chemo and they would access the port in seconds. Because I'm a wimp, I always asked for the numbing spray first. So, I truly felt nothing. There were occasions when I witnessed the nurses struggling to get the IV into other patients collapsed veins and thanked God that I escaped that bit of fun.
      One bit of advice; ask the surgeon placing the port to trace the outline of your bra so that he doesnt place the port where your straps are. Most complaints I've heard are from straps irritating the skin over the port. It does make a substantial bump.
      The only unfavorable thing I can say about a port is that it was uncomfortable when I slept on my side. My shoulder would naturally roll inward and kind of pinch the port area. Shoulder seatbelts on some cars were also uncomfortable.

      10 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had my first 4 treatments in my hands and arms, that was all it took to make my veins too hard to stick, so I had a port put in. That port quit working about 6 months into treatments and I had another surgery to have it removed and another one put in on the opposite side of my neck. It worked fine and I had no more issues.

      If I were diagnosed for the 4th time today, I would ask when can I get a port put in right away. There's no need to go through all of the sticking and poking and blowing out of veins when it's such a simple procedure and it offers so much for us.

      On another similar note, I kept my port for 18 years after treatments were over. I liked it so much I didn't want to get rid of it in case I had the next diagnosis soon.

      10 months ago
    • Sasukesuma's Avatar

      Pammyjo, as,for the issue of lay on your side I did have that problem at first but solved it by hugging a nice fat pillow.

      10 months ago
    • Russ' Avatar

      Get the port...for all the reasons stated above. It makes it so easy to get chemo and to have blood drawn.

      10 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      One thing for me is that my doctor didn't mention getting a port. I had read about them on the internet and asked if I could get one. He said I could and we got the ball rolling to get a power port installed. But I never knew why he didn't mention it or give me info on it. That I had to find out on my own was just terrible. That is something most doctors should tell their patients about.

      10 months ago

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