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    How long did you have your port?

    Asked by Bug on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    How long did you have your port?

    I'm sure I've seen this question before but didn't do very well when I searched for it. A friend was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer and had her last chemo on June 20. She asked her onc when she could have her port removed. He said next month (meaning July). That seemed a lot sooner than what I recall you folks saying. I was wondering if you'd refresh my memory. How long did you have your port? Thanks, everyone.

    18 Answers from the Community

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    • kalindria's Avatar

      I didn't have mine removed when my oncologist said I could simply because of scheduling issues but then I had a recurrence and was glad to still have it.

      4 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I was supposed to keep mine 1 year after completion of chemo "just in case", always reassuring to hear. That would have been this month. I asked to have it removed months early because it was driving me crazy. Felt like it was trying to crawl itself out on my chest! Surgeon was cooperative and took it out in February.

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I still have mine almost 5 years later. I was Stage IV and am still followed every 3 months - so the port is accessed for lab work and to inject the dye for scans. It doesn't bother me at all. Get it flushed every 6-8 weeks. I think that both me and my oncologist don't want to "jinx" my NED status.

      4 months ago

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