• PORT A CATH,

    Asked by SunnyCloud on Monday, February 6, 2012

    PORT A CATH,

    After therapy, is it still necessary to flush the port? I ask because I dont want to see the doctor. Im still mad mad at him. I have one more pet scan in April. If it's clear, I get to take the port out.

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    • TJM's Avatar
      TJM

      I have a port. Finished chemo late October followed by radiaition and surgery scheduled end of March. My port won't come out if all goes well until late summer...in the emantime I have to have it flushjed ever 6 weeks. Hope this helps.

      over 5 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar
      CountryGirl

      I also had my port flushed every six weeks for a year before the port was removed. I saw my doctor and had blood work drawn several times during that time also and was relieved to see my liver and kidney levels returning to normal. Even a year later my WBC and red blood cells are not normal.

      During a recent scare of recurrence that resulted in a total hysterectomy, I was thrilled to see my oncologist standing at the foot of my bed along side the surgeon two mornings in the hospital. A good oncologist, in whom I can trust, is essential for me to feel confidence about my future. In your shoes, I might consider switching oncologists.

      over 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      Ugh, so it is necessary that I keep seeing him. :( I like my onc, I just dont like my chemo doc. Neither him nor my radiologist want to help me with my pain. I guess since the cancer is gone, I dont matter anymore. All they want now is money to check my vitals and send me home. I so dont want to see their hypocritical behinds. Im going to talk to my onc and see if his people could be the ones to check my blood and flush my port. Thank you for your response.

      over 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      SunnyCloud,

      I would speak to your oncologist and see if there is an infusion center you can go to to just get your port flushed. It's important is is flushed every 4-6 weeks to keep it functioning. You may want to find out even if home care can do the flush for you.

      It's important you have doctors you trust and feel good about seeing. It sounds like you didn't get the best of doctors, at least from a bedside manner. I would see what other options you have from your oncologist.

      over 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      Yes, Ill give my onc a call today. Ill ask him about that & if he could be the only one to see for check ups, even blood work. TY :)

      over 5 years ago
    • Rob's Avatar
      Rob

      I have a port, I have finished Chemo and Radiation but the port is usefull I was hospitalized 10 days with double phenomia, no lines into my hand or arms. I go to my local Cancer Care every 6 weeks to get it flushedm As per the Dr. that put it in, and Cancer Care says the same. It's agravating but it is usefull.

      over 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      I was in the hospital for 3 days due to hematomas in my throat caused by the anesthesia person shoving a tube down my throat every time I went in for brachy therapy (internal radiation). The port came in handy. I love my port for that. I just dont like my doctors.

      over 5 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar
      markmather

      I was instructed to have my port flushed once a month when not in treatment. I could just go in without an appointment and have this done right at the treatment center. No doctors needed just the awesome nurses who saw me all the time. Keep the faith.

      over 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      Hee heee...the nurses at my place were nice but I felt they were two faced. In fact, it was one of them that was not nice about my call. She asked, "Didnt you just see the other doctor & he told you to see your primary?" She made me feel like I was a drug addict on the hunt. Then she calls me back saying that the doc was going to order me an MRI. I know he said that so that I will stop calling because he knows that I am terrified of those.

      over 5 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar
      whirl

      I think what concerns me is your pain. Why are you having it?
      This needs to be addressed. Just because you have had cancer, your pain could possibly be caused by something else. Of all your care givers who is the best one who most likely will listen delve into the problem?

      over 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      At this point I dont trust any of them. From what I read & people say, it is a side effect from chemo. But, I should see a primary doc so that he can determine who to see about it. Only problem is, I have share of cost (Medicaid). So I havent found one yet.

      over 5 years ago
    • scartissue's Avatar
      scartissue

      had it flushed 6 weeks after my last chemo then had it removed had my oncologist flushed it

      over 5 years ago

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