• Port placement - positive or negative option?

    Asked by avonlea02 on Friday, August 2, 2013

    Port placement - positive or negative option?

    I am starting Round Two of chemo for ovarian cancer tomorrow. The veins they used last time on my hand don't seem all that good anymore, and I am expecting that a possible suggestion may come up to have a port put in. Can anyone share their experiences with me? If I have any choice, is a port a good thing? A not-so-good option? I don't know what to think! (Except that I am determined to beat this monster again!)

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    • EllasDaddy's Avatar
      EllasDaddy

      Do the port it will save your veins and any bruises. Our son had cancer 17 years ago and has trouble now having blood drawn because of the chemo they gave him. I have a port and wouldn't trade it for anything. I still have blood drawn in my arm and contrast for scans in my arm, but chemo is SO much easier.

      about 6 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar
      ddkk3

      A port is an important option!!! My team didn't really even give it a second thought. Maybe my type of chemo is more dangerous? They wouldn't even do my first chemo through an IV. The surgeons who did the port placement at my hospital were too busy to fit me in before I was supposed to have my first chemo so I had to get a PICC line put in for that first infusion. I got it removed a few days later and then I had my port placed.

      It's so much easier than getting an IV every time! I say go for it for sure. My port does give me a lot of trouble but I'd still prefer it over the straight veins.

      about 6 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar
      DaveWaz

      avonlea02,
      Thank you for your question. How did your port experience turn out?

      For those of you still seeking information or advice on getting a port for chemo, I have two articles you might want to look at.

      Beginner's Guide - "What is a chemo port?"
      https://www.whatnext.com/cc/What_is_a_Chemo_Port

      Blog Article - "To port or not to port?"
      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/to-port-or-not-to-port-whatnexters-weigh-in-on-chemo-ports

      I hope you find this information useful! As always thank you for your input.
      David

      almost 6 years ago

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