• If I get a port how long do I have to keep it in?

    Asked by NorthernSnowB on Thursday, November 14, 2019

    If I get a port how long do I have to keep it in?

    The doctor's office said, "as long as I want, but shouldn't be too long after treatment is over". What, why?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Like adult diapers, it depends. I kept mine for seven years of on-going treatment. Replaced it with another for a different purpose post-transplant and after a year and a half, it is also gone. Honestly, my chest feels strange without that lump.

      I'll get used to it over time.

      21 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      My port was taken out about 10 months after chemo was finished. It didn't give me any problems and after my check up, the doctor said I could have removed. So I did. It was installed in November of 2012 and was removed in November of 2014. It was in my skin for just under two years.

      21 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      My doctor suggested it was routine to keep the port for a year after the end of chemo "just in case" but mine started to really bug me, became very uncomfortable, so surgeon said, no problem let's get rid of it. So rather than waiting until July I got rid of it in February. Do not miss it!

      21 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My first one quit working, it was removed and another put in on the other side during the same surgery. The second one was with me for 15 years. Doctors kept telling me they wanted to take it out but I didn't want to. Finally, I let it go, and was diagnosed again 3 years later. Maybe I should have kept it.

      21 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I still have my port, and it's been 4 years since my last treatment. I was Stage IV so I am still in active surveillance. It necessitates 4 extra trips a year to get my port flushed, but we use it for blood draws and for injecting contrast for scans. It's not a "biggie" to keep it in case you ever need it.

      21 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I got my port in 2013. It was used every two weeks for treatment for 4 years or so ... I can't remember exactly ... and then I went to monthly treatments. My last treatment was in April 2019. We all presume that I will one day have to return to treatments so no one has suggested that I do away with the port at this time. It is a pain to get it flushed, but otherwise, I am glad I have it (even though I do hate that it feels like it screams "she has cancer!" if I wear something where it can be seen, which I very rarely do.)

      19 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      The flushing is no big deal. I had mine flushed every six weeks. They just inject into the port some saline fluid in a syringe to make sure it's still working. It takes just a couple of minutes.

      18 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Flushing is only a big deal if you have to drive for an hour each way to have it done ... and then wait for awhile for your turn in the chair. The actual process of the flush is exactly as cllinda says - easy peasy. I hate having it done because of the time it takes out of my day, not because there is anything difficult about it.

      16 days ago

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