• Port removal

    Asked by GypsyJule on Monday, February 4, 2013

    Port removal

    How long after chemo did you wait to have your port removed? I know I'm not ready yet, but wondered how long others kept their ports, and made them decide how long to keep theirs.

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had mine out 3 weeks post chemo....and that was based on onc recommendation....I figure if G-D forbid I ever need it again, I can have another one put in....I was happy to be rid of it...

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I still have mine in 10 months post chemo. I'll probably just leave it in unless it causes a problem at some point.

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Congratulations on finishing chemo. No all you have to do is study for the regular tests you will have to make sure it does not come back.

      The first time it was a few weeks as I wanted to be rid of the thing. But once the cancer has come back I may never have it removed. Not that I like it that much, but at this point I figure that I may well need it again. At this point I have had my current port for almost 6 years. It may well be permanant!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had my port out a month after I finished Chemo. The removal was a symbol of another hurdle completed in my battle. I was always so aware of its presence so it was a relief to have it gone. The only discomfort in the removal was the needle used to numb the area. Everything healed up fine. Hopefully, I will never need another one ---

      over 7 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I have mine in until my next 3 month all clear checkup which is in March and then I can schedule appointment with surgeon to get removed. Total time will be 6+ months from finishing chemo. I had to have a chemo port flush every 4-6 weeks which is minor.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      About a month and a half after treatment. When my Oncologist said he was done with CT Scans, I asked him if I could take it out. As I got to the end of treatment they started having trouble getting blood return from it. It flushed with no problem. I was glad to get that thing out!!

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I think I hold some sort of record for keeping the port. I kept mine for 15 years after treatment. I didn't want to let it go.

      over 7 years ago
    • mjs24's Avatar

      I finished chemo in August 2011 and still have my port. The way I understand it is that if (God forbid) the cancer returns within the first few years the port is there to start treatment as soon as possible. It also is easier for blood draws as my veins roll so it's less painful for me to keep it in. I was shocked initially to learn the port was not going to be removed after chemo was finished, another gentle reminder that the future could hold more "surprises". It's all good!

      over 7 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      My onc told me to keep it for a year after completion of chemo.

      over 7 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      My port was removed because it would not play nice. Seriously, it was quite contrary....would have blood return; wouldn't have blood return. I had two procedures thru my groin to adjust it & remove the sheathing my body kept wrapping it in. Finally, I told the dr to remove it; about 2 weeks after the last chemo attempt. If I need another one, I will have it put in by a radiologist, not an oncologist. I'm having chemo now with a regular IV needle...it hurts more going in but, the IV works quicker.

      over 7 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      When I asked, my oncologist told me that I should keep it for a year.

      over 7 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      My oncologist wanted me to keep mine in for a year, but I talked her into taking it our after 8 months.

      over 7 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I have had my port since Jan 2012. Finished chemo in July.

      over 7 years ago

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