• Chemo ports

    Asked by SandraK on Monday, December 9, 2013

    Chemo ports

    I'm getting a simple (not power port) chemo port implanted Thursday. One of the things that made it seem more bearable was the thought that there would be no weekly needles in my arm for blood tests. Today, the PA told me that the ports really aren't designed for drawing blood, and while sometimes they work that way for some people, most often they don't and blood has to be drawn from a vein in the arm. From our wonderful community here....what has been your experience with ports? Did the nurses still have to draw blood from a vein in the arm or did the port work for you for blood tests?

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    • tatdai's Avatar
      tatdai

      i have a port and i have had it in for 7 years Anything to do with blood it comes out of the port I've been very lucky with it all blood tests chemo .You do have to go to your DR or RN to get anything done but most of the time i am there anyway. my DR told me i could leave it in as long as i wanted but my veins have all collapsed so i am leaving the port in for another 7 yrs if everything goes ok .i love my port .good luck ladies with your chemo and your ports

      over 6 years ago
    • SandraK's Avatar
      SandraK

      With the condition of your veins I can understand why you would keep it in. Hope it continues to work well for you!

      over 6 years ago
    • pinklady's Avatar
      pinklady

      I had a port that stayed in until 4years!! Loved it. avoided most vein sticks. took it out because it loop and knotted. wish he would put new one in. I have lymphedema so they can draw blood from only one arm and chemo pretty much destroyed all the veins.. hate needle sticks and usually takes 3 or 4 tries

      almost 5 years ago

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