• Removal of Port

    Asked by sunshinemb on Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Removal of Port

    Hi everyone, just wanted to get some input on port removal. I have been only 6 months chemo free so far; with one recurrence in 4 years. Took chemo for 3 years initially. My port is hurting terribly and I feel it's useless as they only use it for scans and chemo (which i've decided to not take any longer); they don't use it for blood work; I still get stuck with needles; so why keep it? Has anyone had pain with their ports and if so did the dr's tell you why? Mine don't have a clue; but I can not lay on a pillow without it hurt to the touch. Sticks out like a 3rd eye. Just looking for opinions before I push to have it removed. Thanks and God Bless......!

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I've had mine for about 15 months and have no problems with it nor any plans to remove it. Finished chemo last March, but it is still being used for blood draws. However, if yours is not being used for anything and it is painful, then by all means have it removed.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had breast cancer and had my port taken out 3 weeks post chemo...this is what my onc recommended and I was happy to oblige!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Sunshinemb, I say get rid of it if you have no plans of using it. Ports are meant to give and not receive which is why it is never a good thing to draw blood from them. Fibrin forms and then clots and then you have to use clot busters to get it functioning again. So if there is no reason to keep it, better out than in. I'm with you on this one, Carm.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had my port removed a few weeks after I finished chemo. It was another hurdle completed and it gave me a sense of freedom. The procedure was short -- the only discomfort was the shot given to numb the area. Everyone is different and you have to do what is best for you in accordance with the guidance of your oncologist. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I'm with you Sunshine.. If you don't need it... you're done with chemo... and IT HURTS.... I'd have it out of there. Be sure the oncologist is on board with this. If he still wants you to have more chemo for an extened benefit... maybe think about it. But when in pain, I sometimes don'e think clearly. I'll say a prayer for you!

      over 3 years ago

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