• Port removal after 6 months of remission

    Asked by LeeWalker on Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Port removal after 6 months of remission

    I hear that infection and blood clots are possible leaving the port in, if I don't need it anymore for now.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I left mine in for 15 years before having it taken out, never had any problems at all. I finally let them take it out, then was diagnosed for my 3rd time 3 years later.

      4 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Greg, was there any problem with getting a new Port when you got your 3rd diagnosis?

      4 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Lucky for me that I didn't have to have chemo in the third Dx, but there was not supposed to be a problem with getting another put in.

      4 days ago
    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      I had mine out about a week before the one year anniversary of my last chemo. It wasn't causing problems, but I didn't want to get if flushed, and they said if I ever needed another one it would be fine.

      It's a nice emotional lift to not have it anymore, much as I loved it to make treatments easier.

      4 days ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      You just have to continue to have it flushed and checked. It's rare to have it removed in under a year. I know people like Greg that have had theirs for years with no issue. The one I know had an issue was when she was in treatment,she had a blood clot.They removed that one and put another one in.

      4 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I have had mine now for four years I ended treatment 31/2 years ago. I get it flushed every six months. Have had no problems with it. It was a personal decision that my doctor agreed with. I certainly understand those who want it removed immediately after treatment. I heard that if it is removed and then has to be reinserted, they usually place the new port on the opposite side of the chest from where the first port was placed.

      4 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I get it flushed every six weeks, not months. Lol

      4 days ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I miss my port. It made blood work SO much easier for me.
      My port was removed 15 months after I finished chemo because it gave me a blood clot. I was told that blood clots occur in only about 3 percent of people with ports. Guess I'm special. ;-p

      3 days ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      @Ejourneys we all know you're special!! :)

      I had planned to leave mine in for a year after NED, but my first scan revealed something new so I get to keep my port for a few years. I don't mind. It saved my veins from terrible chemicals!!

      I understand wanting it out though. I was just in Alaska and the backpack strap was grinding it into my shoulder. It is what it is I guess. I'm happy you can get yours out!

      3 days ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      My onc said it was up to me. Having to go in to get it flushed was inconvenient & then I had an issue with the line & had to have it out. They offered to replace it but told me no issue having a new one put in if it became necessary. So, I just had it removed.

      3 days ago
    • Ashera's Avatar
      Ashera

      My port was very painful - from the beginning - Was told it was 'resting' on a nerve. I had it in for 15 months - as I had to have one year of Herceptin even after the 6 rounds of big chemo was completed. I could not wait...to get that out of my chest - and told my surgeon if he didn't do it soon - I would take a butter knife and do it myself! He listened. Other people I know didn't even know they had a port. But mine stayed painful...

      3 days ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      I was about to have my port removed after 2.5 years when I had a recurrence. Now I think I'll just keep it unless there's a reason to remove it.

      about 21 hours ago

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