• Medi-port

    Asked by Mikilog on Friday, May 31, 2013


    I was wondering how long after the last chemo treatment before you can have the medi-port removed? I brought thi question up yesterday during my treatment and was not given an answer.

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • cris' Avatar

      I finished my treatment in Feb. & I still have mine in, they usually leave it in about a year or at least that is what they told me & it looks like mine will be in for longer than that.

      over 4 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar

      The PS removed mine at the same time he removed the TE, inserted the implant and did the mammoplasty. Doing it that way, saved me one more day at the clinic enduring yet another procedure. I finished Chemo on January 10, had a follow-up with my Onc in March and had the final surgeries on April 5. I go back on June 12 to meet with both the surgeon and the Onc.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The time will vary with your Doctor's thinking. 25 years ago they said wait a year or so to be sure I wouldn't need it again. I had already had one stop working on the right side of my chest and the new one was placed in the left. I was told then that if that one came out, quit working or whatever that the next spot was in my groin for some reason. I didn't like the sounds of that so I kept mine for years after treatment was over. Finally had it out about 15 years after treatment stopped. Then was diagnosed again for the third time 2 years later.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      For me, it was a couple of months after treatment. I had to clear it through my Dr.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      I asked to have mine removed because I had met my deductible for the year. It was removed 6 weeks after my last chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had my port removed 3 weeks post chemo (on my oncs recommendation)....

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      My oncologist wants it in for one year after my clear scans. I got my clear scan results 9/6/12 so anytime after 9/6/13 I can remove it.

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My last chemo was April 12, 2012 and the port was removed May 17, 2012.
      They wait a few weeks after chemo to allow your bloodwork to improve before
      doing the procedure.
      Of course, everyone is different and may need to keep the port longer. I understand that HER2+ patients have Herceptin infusions for a year following chemo so they would keep their ports for that extended treatment. Port removal is a positive step forward -- it gave me such a sense of freedom and hope. Good Luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar

      I couldn't wait to have my port removed. There had been issues with it from early on. It slipped out of place, and a blood clot developed in my jugular vein which was determined to be caused by my port. The chemo nurses couldn't get blood draws from my port, but it was determined that the chemo was flowing properly. Because of it slipping out of place it was very uncomfortable when sleeping on either side.

      I had surgery 12/11 and went through ACT chemo followed by Herceptin. My final infusion was 3/26/12 and my port was removed on 4/19/12 with my onc's blessing. I told my surgeon that if I need another port later on that hopefully there would be a better designed one that would work like it's supposed to. I was so tired of infusions that I didn't want to come back every 3 weeks for a port flush. It was a good decision for me, but perhaps my port issues aren't common and most people wouldn't mind keeping theirs. It's a personal decision to be made by you, your onc and your surgeon.

      over 4 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      Had mine removed one month after Chemo. Was having an issue with a kink in th line and S bulge in my neck..

      over 4 years ago

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