• itching and burning at port site

    Asked by StacyM on Saturday, November 17, 2012

    itching and burning at port site

    I have a port in my upper right chest and currently have it flushed once a month (I finished chemo in June). It seems that when I get close to the date it needs to be flushed, I start having odd feelings in the port area--itching, burning. Has anyone else experienced this or is it all in my head?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I've been getting mine flushed every 3 weeks and haven't had any problems. You might want to ask about having it done more frequently.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Yup, I've experienced that. It gets itchy in the general port area and especially in the area where my port incision/scar is. My port scar does not look like a normal scar, it's either keloid or hypertrophic. It's red in color and slightly raised. One time I scratched it without thinking and I guess the skin is sensitive because I felt a stinging sensation. I told my chemo nurse about it and she said it was normal since the port is a foreign object in my body. She said as long as the skin didn't turn red, hot or oozing, meaning showing signs of infection, to not worry about it. She told me to let them know if it got worse. So far it hasn't. Every now and then it gets itchy, but that usually goes away.

      over 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      My port site burns and itches a little when they use it weekly, but when they flush it , it doesn't hurt. It's just the skin around and on the site. They also said that as long as it wasn't inflamed or oozing, that it was okay, but to let them know if it got worse. I've had it for about 15 months, and I don't know how long they're good for, but I know longer than that. Like Nancy said, maybe you need it flushed more often. Ask your doc. Let us know, I'm curious what they say.

      over 5 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      If you are looking for more information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two pieces of content you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide on Chemo Ports

      Blog Article - To port or not to port? - WhatNexters Weigh in On Chemo Ports

      Hope all is well,

      almost 5 years ago

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