• port

    Asked by JARR on Sunday, January 27, 2019


    pros & cons of having a port ?
    comments !
    suggestions ?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Hi there, we had a port question fourteen days ago and the overwhelming response, mine included, was yes, for the port. You can scroll down the question page and find the question and see all the responses from the WhatNext community. Thanks for asking.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I agree for yes on the port. After being through 3 diagnoses and finally having mine taken out, if I had to have treatment next month again, I would ask for one before anything else got started. Here is an article I posted a year or so about ports http://bit.ly/1Nxz9Yf

      over 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Get the port. It is so much easier.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I am 100% pro port! My first oncologist did not suggest that I get one. So I didn't. The 7 months of chemotherapy totally ruined the veins in my arms. My second (and current) oncologist had me get a port right away. I've had it for 5 years and it is a lifesaver. They use it to draw blood, give chemo infusions, and more. I think you'll be glad if you decide to get a port.

      over 1 year ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Pro port here! Just makes life easier for both you and the nurses.

      over 1 year ago
    • lo15's Avatar

      My Husband has the port and he experiences no negative issues.

      over 1 year ago
    • Kbaarch's Avatar

      Get s picc line

      over 1 year ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Absolutely get a port. You don’t want chemo spending anymore time in your veins than necessary. Plus, going directly to the vein increases your chances of developing phlebitis. It’s basically inflammation of the vein. It’s quite painful.

      over 1 year ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      Get a port. It will save your veins, and if you ever end up in ER, as I did, they can get you on IV fluids really fast and without digging around to start an IV.

      over 1 year ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      YES! My port has been a lifesaver. I'm not afraid of needles having had several surgeries prior to cancer and donating gallons of blood BUT the idea of getting poked every week in veins weakened by chemotherapy drugs. A port saves time and effort for the nurses as well as wear and tear on the patient - ME! So I definitely vote yes on a port.

      over 1 year ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      Re: Lynne's comment above. This is probably one of THE most asked questions (in all its forms) on WhatNext.com.

      Congratulations for doing your research in this difficult time. I know you have ton of things swirling around in your brain and this is just one more thing. Trust me, it will get easier.

      over 1 year ago
    • medale's Avatar

      I think a port made treatment much easier. Besides chemo, they also used it for all the blood tests, fluids and CTs with contrast. Putting it in seemed relatively painless but I did prefer sleeping on the non-port side for a while.

      over 1 year ago
    • yumolita's Avatar

      Is port placement painful with just local numbing of the area?

      over 1 year ago
    • BruceB's Avatar

      Pros: what everyone has already mentioned.

      Cons: nothing I've noticed so far (I've had mine for ~6 months). I guess like any foreign body, the body can reject it (very rare) or it can become infected somehow (also very rare I believe). You have a visible bump under your skin. It can be sensitive for awhile --- I had to be careful not to let my cat step on mine. This gradually decreases over time.

      Yumolita --- it's an outpatient surgical procedure, meaning they put you to sleep but once you wake up you go home that same day. I guess some places may put you on "twilight drugs" where you're sedated but not anesthetized. (Either way, make sure to have someone who can take you home, since you will be on drugs) Be prepared to spend a day or two on the couch in a painkiller haze, which is actually not so bad :-/

      The port goes under the subcutaneous fat layer but not under the muscle, so they don't have to "dig" very deep. They do have to move a couple of neck muscles aside (platysma, sternocleidomastoid) to get the tube into your vein, so the side of your neck may be sore for a few days. I was able to go back to work after about 5 days.

      over 1 year ago

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