• Does anyone know the time frame to keep port in after treatment? Im ready to get it out!

    Asked by jang on Saturday, January 5, 2013

    Does anyone know the time frame to keep port in after treatment? Im ready to get it out!

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Jang, welcome to the site. It seems like most Dr.s want to have them out as soon as they think your past treatment. But, I kept mine for around 15 years, I didn't want to let it go. How long since you've been out of treatment?

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There is no standard time frame. But if you need follow up blood work or have a recurrence, it sure is easier to leave it there and have a new one put in or tax your veins each time. At this point, I'm planning on keeping mine indefinitely. I'm still have blood drawn every 3 months and my cancer statistically has a pretty high rate of recurrence. It just makes more sense to me to leave it in since it doesn't interfere with anything and it only requires a once a month flush which takes maybe 2 minutes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      Hang-on my last chemo day, my oncologist said I could get it removed anytime I wanted. Finished chemo and called the surgeon from my car. She wanted a minimum of 14 days past chemo so it was removed 16 days later. Like you, I was so ready to get rid of it!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      jang- sorry about the name typo in my response. Computer auto-correct is driving me crazy!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I was told to keep it in for a year. It isn't bothering me and actually is almost like a security blanket for me now. When I had a PICC line for osteomyelitis, I could not wait to get that thing out! But the Smart Port is so small and I barely even notice it so I am keeping it for the year as my onc suggested. It is easier for my bimonthly blood draws anyway.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My onc recommended that I get my port out once I was one with chemo....I happily had it removed 3 weeks post chemo!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i had chemo before surgery.... so when it came time for surgery, which was about three weeks after my last chemo infusion, i had it out out out!!!! i had a love hate relationship with my port.... but i sure was glad to see it GONE! i want to live with optimism. if i have the unfortunate luck of a recurrence, then i'll get a new one and keep it longer. but for now, i choose to believe that it was a ONE TIME experience!

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Since I did not have any ongoing treatment after Chemo (ie: Herceptin), I had the port out about a month after my last Chemo. I was so glad to get it out -- it was a sense of freedom for me -- another hurdle -- a positive event in my journey. The "time frame" would depend on your Doctor and your individual case. Best of Luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Mine came out as soon as my white counts were back up after the last chemo treatment. I think it was a couple or three weeks.

      almost 4 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Funny how we all look at things differently. Some feel it is a security blanket...just in case. I had this nagging feeling that if I got mine out it would be like 'asking for trouble'. I know that doesn't make sense and I am not normally a superstitious person. But there is nothing normal about the cancer experience! It is the thought that was in heavy in my head. So I ended up keeping the port for over 3 years (after 18 months of treatment). There was the nuisance of going every couple months (Dr. said 6 weeks) to get it flushed...not an awful thing...but still a reminder of the cancer we would rather skip. Then, when I finally decided to get it removed (it was no longer flushing easily...and my favorite chemo nurse was gone) ...it had been in so long that my body had grown around it and was more difficult to remove than if I had done it earlier. Still, no problems afterward. Only the tiny 1" scar...absolutely no discomfort. So, summing it up...probably better to get it out sooner. I have been told that it is very easy to remove one that has not been in long...like in the office. I had to go into surgical unit, anesthetic, the whole ball o wax. btw...I was soooo glad to have the port for chemo... My chemo was every week for the last year of treatment, so saved my veins and a lot of pokes.
      leslie48240 (stage IV breast cancer and still here...have faith!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      I am keeping mine forever, being as I am guaranteed recurrence, I prefer not to go through port implant surgery in the future.

      almost 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      My Onc said a year from cancer surgery or after 6 month checkup. I am almost going to start counting the days as this comes around in March ;-) I won't miss it at all.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lovinglife's Avatar

      I had mine removed a couple of weeks after chemo. I was like you, I couldn't wait to get it out.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      My doctor said that I can have it out after a year, if no recurrence. However, I wasn't sure if it was a year post chemo or from when it was put in. I would like to have it out as well. My next appointment is in March - I'll be discussing it with my doctor then. It was put in last December 2011, and treatment was over in July 2012.

      almost 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      My doctor wanted me to wait almost a year since I was in remission, but I had it taken out 7 months after my last chemo.

      almost 4 years ago

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