• Port for stem cell transplant

    Asked by nobrand on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Port for stem cell transplant

    So, I already have a SmartPort installed for my chemo treatments, and it's working like a champ. I'm wondering, is this port something they can use for stem cell transplants? A lab tech yesterday told me they would have to install another port (ie. having two ports at once -- bleh) if I require a stem cell transplant. True or false?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can't help you with the stem cell part of that, somebody will come along and help with that, I just wanted to say,Yes, the ports are the bomb. I had veins collapse and blow out, the ports stopped all that.

      Good luck with the transplants.

      almost 6 years ago
    • AmyC's Avatar
      AmyC (Best Answer!)

      I have a power port for chemo and it was the best decision. Now for my bone marrow stem cell transplant I had to get a central line catheter "installed" on the opposite side. Bleh is right! But they needed to do it because the lines are bigger (not too big so don't worry) and it has two lines coming out. They harvest the stem cells from one line, run through an aphoresis machine (looks like a dialysis machine) the give back the blood they don't need through the other line at the same time. And when they draw your labwork from it there is no poke into the skin like with the port. And it comes put right after the transplant. It's kind of a pain because the lines need flushed every day but overall it's not that bad mi had no complications or anything. If you have any more questions please let me know! I go in for the transplant in 2 days. Hopefully you'll be cured and won't have to do it at all!!!! :) Amy

      almost 6 years ago
    • janj's Avatar

      Nobrand, just joined site and group. Husband ,Rick, diagnosed with CLL/SLL 6/2011. Six rounds of FRC chemo. Remission 12/2011 Richter transformation to DBCL in 6/2012. Currently undergoing R-chop chemo. Then mini-allo SCT at Univ. Of Colorado Health. Is your cancer responding to R-chop? How did you choose your SCT Center?


      almost 6 years ago

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