• Port vs no port?

    Asked by Loafer on Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Port vs no port?

    Going in for 4 rounds of chemo, 3 weeks apart. Onc said I didn't need a port, or another surgery, since I got a site infection from my lumpectomy. Thoughts?

    22 Answers from the Community

    22 answers
    • princess123's Avatar

      I do have a port. It makes it easier to hook up to the chemo. I will be on treatment for a long time. It is very tender where the port is even though I have had it for 6 months now. I don't think I would want one if I only had to use it 4 times. I think that's what 4 rounds means. I'm new to this.

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I like having the port because my veins roll so I usually takes multiple stabs and I bruise easily. It isn't just for the chemo infusions, but you will have at least as many rounds of blood draws during and after chemo and possibly infusions for various scans. But if your veins are easy to access and you don't have any problems with being struck repeatedly, then no port could be a better choice for you.

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Port! no question about it. Having an IV line hooked up every week, eventually causes lots of pain due to the fact that your veins start collapsing. My only regret is I waited 2 months and lots of black & blue marks, and pain, to get it done. Also you have both hands free during treatment another plus.

      about 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I was glad to have my port ... the surgery to put it in was not painful for me - just a little tenderness at the site - and it saved me from having to be stuck with IV needles through months of chemo. I still have it in - my oncologist said that we can talk about removing it after one year.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      I have a port for 4 rounds of chemo, it is a lot easier for drawing blood and for chemo.

      about 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      I had ovarian cancer in 2009 (and recurrence now) and back then I was not interested in any other surgical procedures. For me each time prior to chemo I had a pic line put in my arm and afterwards it was removed. At that time it was perfect for me. For this time I have the port and it seems like from what everyone tells me this should be easier. Best of luck - to us both!

      about 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I'm on the fence about this one. I had a port, but I couldn't receive my treatment without one (12 treatments, via both infusion and portable pump for 46-hours) and I really, really appreciated having one. It was a love-hate relationship, but it made everything so much easier.

      However, I'm not sure I'd do it for only 4 treatments. It is still a surgical procedure which involves anesthesia, some risk and recovery time. Not everyone flies through the procedure with ease and many people don't like the feeling of the port during every day tasks.

      If you have good veins, I'd might consider passing on it.

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had one put in after having several chemo treatments, those treatmenst made my veins hard, and the Nurses couldn't stick me. Even in the hospital one time for a surgery, took 9 tries toget an IV started. The port was wonderful compared to not having one. Then, the darn thing quit working, so they took it out and put one in the other side, at the same surgery. This was done without anesthia, just local, but in the operating room.

      I kept mine for years afterward,didn't want to let it go. For me, I'm a yepper's for the port.

      about 4 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      I have a port, and I am glad I have it. My surgeon did a fantastic job, and it stopped bothering me about a month after insertion. I was lolling around and sleeping on my stomach again by month 4. You have a lot more freedom when you're hooked up, so if you like doing crafts while infusing, it can keep your arms free.

      However, you do only have four rounds of chemo-- it might be something a bit unnecessary if you have veins like a champ :)

      about 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      PORT!!!! But if possible, have it inserted laproscopically, leaves a smaller scar and they do it under local anesthetic, not general. I have had no problems with my port, other than the original soreness and bruising. I had a bilateral mastectomy and 6 rounds of chemo. The port made it so much easier, waht with the weekly blood work and all. I am done with chemo but will keep the port in for a year, just in case.

      about 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I have had a port for over a year, but I get chemo every week. It all depends how much you'll be poked. You figure bloodwork each time, and then they can use that IV for chemo, and you may need an IV for tests, also. You may be able to get away with an IV, but you'll be poked at least once every session. Best of luck o your journey!

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had my port in my arm....for me it was great as I went for IV hydration for 3 days post each chemo, so my port got used probably 2 doz time....I had it removed 3 weeks post chemo...my post did get infected 2 times, but it was not a major issue...first time I had IV antibiotics for 3 days but oral antibiotics, and 2nd time, just oral antibiotics....if I had to do it over again, I would still go with a port

      about 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      I had a port for 4 rounds. It was a ten minute surgery and saved me the bruising and pain I saw others in the infusion room enduring. Also, it wasn't just for chemo, they use it to draw blood to check white counts, and that happened waaaaay more than 4 times. It won't be the doctor who hooks you up. Might be worth asking to speak to the nurse in the infusion room. She can tell it to you straight and help you make the best choice for yourself.

      about 4 years ago
    • marshala1's Avatar

      My oncologist recommended we try it without a port and see how that went. Well, I had six rounds of chemo with no problems. Most of the time they were able to strike gold with only one stick! Wishing you the best with whatever you decide!

      about 4 years ago
    • sjjohnson1's Avatar

      I hated the idea of getting a port. Then, once chemo started and I saw people being poked multiple times because veins started rolling, I was glad I did. I did use my only four times. As soon as I finished I wanted it out ASAP.

      about 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I did not want a port but I am SO glad I had one! Besides using it for chemo. They also take blood samples from it. I have small veins that are hard to find. After surgery you can only use one arm, so it was great. I also had 4 rounds of chemo, 3 weeks apart. Now I really struggle with blood tests & IV's. I actually miss my port! Whatever you decide, I wish you the best.

      about 4 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      Port defiantly port I had one treatment without a port after mine got infected and omg it was painful if you can get a port it helps so much

      about 4 years ago
    • pj1955's Avatar

      I choice not to have a port because I live so far from the hospital and I didn't want the additional surgeries. I did fine without one but now when I go for blood tests they having trouble finding a vein. I only had five treatments. They stop my chemo early because of lung problems I develop. I'm not for sure if I would do it again or not but probably would if I thought my veins had improved.

      about 4 years ago
    • polgara's Avatar

      I have a port and I love to hate it. Love it because it's saving my veins, makes chemo so much easier as I have poor veins. Hate it well it sticks out a little, and just makes everything so much more real.

      about 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      Loafer, along with many others have asked about experiences with chemo ports. The frequent conversation around the topic of "To port or not to port?" inspired a blog article and a beginner's guide that provides your own insights shared about ports.

      Blog Article

      Beginner's Guide "What is a chemo port?"

      Both of these are meant to help WhatNexters wrap their mind around what a port is, when it is used, and why you might want one.

      As always thank you for your input,

      about 3 years ago
    • maw28's Avatar

      My oncologist didn't give me a choice. My veins were overused and he felt it was necessary in order to continue my treatments. I find it gets in my way - I manage to hit it often and it becomes sore. I would get rid of if only I could. Try to get long without if it is acceptable to your oncologist.

      about 3 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Now I'll tell you what I did. I went portless and had no regrets. I went into chemo with good veins and ended with good veins. I only had 4 rounds of T&C which helped. I would not recommend for anyone having more than 4 treatments cause it does take a toll on veins. It was a good decision for me. No more surgery or visible reminder of cancer.

      about 3 years ago

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