• port insertion

    Asked by msenski on Friday, May 6, 2016

    port insertion

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      If you are getting read to have a port inserted, congratulations! It will save your veins and make your life much easier during treatments and blood draws.

      The actual process is nothing to worry about. They will put you in a twilight sleep and the job will be done in 20 or 30 minutes. I had bruising and a bit of pain for a short while.

      The port itself is ugly, but it is so useful. I didn't want one, but i am so glad i have it. Mine is nearly 3 years old and still works like a dream.

      If you have a different question or more specific question, please let us know.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here is an informative article we posted a couple years ago about ports, click here>> https://www.whatnext.com/cc/What_is_a_Chemo_Port

      over 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Like LiveWithCancer, I have had my chest port in for almost three years . Mine was inserted in the radiology department as an outpatient procedure. I had some neck discomfort from it for the first couple of days and took a mild pain med. , after that it was fine. When I had chemo, because I have a sensitive chest, I applied some numbing Lidocaine cream ( over the counter and inexpensive ) on the port area one hour prior to accessing the port with a needle. Your treatment clinic also may offer you a numbing spray ( this didn't work for me). There are also many people who need nothing at all prior to their ports being accessed for chemo . The choice is yours.

      over 5 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      I have had no problems with my port, and it has been functioning for eleven years despite the way I treat it. Like right now, I've forgotten to get it flushed, and it's been six months without being flushed.

      over 5 years ago
    • dhtdiver's Avatar

      I have had 2 ports installed at different times. The first was there for 3 years, took it out...had a recurrance, new port put in...still there 3 years later. No problems. makes my semi annual scans much easier. Only maintenance is a port flush every 5-6 weeks done at my Onc's office. Eventually, will have it taken out.

      over 5 years ago
    • Gymmom's Avatar

      I can't imagine treatment without a port. Some people don't like them, but I've had no problems and am planning to keep it for awhile. Inserting it was easy. A light twilight sleep made the process painless, and I didn't have any complications after the insertion. Good luck!!

      over 5 years ago

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