• To port or not to port, that is the question

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    To port or not to port, that is the question

    Ok, I've had a recurrence, and I'll either be doing the same Taxol/Carboplatin I did last time or a clinical trial with those 2 drugs with immunotherapy added. First time around, I did IV in the arm, not a port. Wasn't offered a port. Didn't know about ports then. Did have a Taxol leak back then resulting in a nasty chemical burn. I am afraid my veins are kinda shot. I'm thinking port, but right now I have a wound vac. I know they are VERY different devices, but part of me is thinking that I'm not sure I want yet about thang invasive in my body. So.... thoughts? Should I get a port? I probably won't be starting chemo for another couple months as I still have a healing wound, and he won't start until I'm done healing.

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • JustForToday's Avatar

      One thing I learned after having my port removed and just went in for tests: different sized needles cause multiple sticks on same day. With port: one stick, blood drawn and then CT scan (one stick for the day). Without port: one stick, blood drawn. Second stick, CT scan with dye. The needle used for blood draw is smaller than one used for CT dye. They were kind enough to accommodate my request for one stick. Meant I had to go to CT scan department, have them put in the larger needle and leave it. Then I went for blood draw. Then I went back for CT scan. Much more time involved and would not request it again. Port really streamlines everything.

      17 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have had so many disasters trying to get a stick for blood draws, scans, etc. that I have told them that when the time came for more treatment, just plan on it. I'll be there for it. I've already been in the hospital twice and no telling how many times I was stuck. So yeah.....go with the port!!!

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

      Have to strongly echo the advice of many others here and say port. I had my port inserted seven years ago under twilight sleep in the radiology department of the hospital where I had my chemo treatments. It is a Power Port and I have had it now for over seven years. Basically it has been trouble free. I have it flushed every five weeks and over the years it is now slightly tipped. No device is 100% guaranteed to be problem free, but the feedback from those who have had chemo and have had ports is overwhelming pro port. . If you choose the have a port, take into consideration your sleeping habits. I sleep mainly on my left side , for example , so my port is in my right chest area.

      13 days ago

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