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    bsnow asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Medi-port issues--how do I clean and care for a port?

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    • Charlieb's Avatar

      Is there some reason you have not discussed this with you doctor or nurse? This is not a good question to be asking on this site. Do you have a PICC or a central line? Is the line in your arm or chest? Did they go directly into the jugular vein, subclavian vein, or superior vena cava?
      There are precautions you need to take, like ensuring the caps are taped before taking a shower. In most cases, you can get the site area wet, but there are times when you need to be more careful. If you are at home, then you should have been given a schedule as to when the line should be flushed. In my case, my followup visits are scheduled so that my lines are flushed when they take weekly blood tests.

      over 8 years ago
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      I had a power port. It was inserted as an outpatient procedure. I think I had to be careful with it as it was healing, but once the insertion point had healed I didn't need to "do" anything. If it wasn't going to be accessed for a long time (I don't remember, maybe a month...), then I would have had to go to get it flushed.

      I was very thankful for my port. I applied EMLA cream an hour before it needed to be accessed and never felt any pain with a needle stick.

      Once I was finished with chemo, rads, petscans, etc. my surgeon removed my port. That was in her office. There was a week or two that I had to be careful as I healed; now all that is left is a thin white line. : ) Ports are good!
      xoxoxo Lynn

      over 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      If you are looking for more information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two pieces of content you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide on Chemo Ports

      Blog Article - To port or not to port? - WhatNexters Weigh in On Chemo Ports

      Hope all is well,

      over 7 years ago
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    bsnow asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    My daughter has pre-cancerous melanoma moles--what next?

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    • Welchga's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with Melanoma in 1999. I have fair skin and suffered many sunburns in my youth. I was an avid swimmer who lived in Indiana. We were never taught about Melanoma. My cancer was removed with surgery and I have been cancer free without any other treatment. Many are not so lucky. Today I had surgery on one of two pre-cancerous Melanoma's on my back. Both were moles. My Dermatologist has not reccommeded an oncologist at this point. He said they were pre-cancerous and the surgery should prevent any cancer. He is performing the same surgery, removal with margins, as if it was Melanoma because of my past history. I am on this website because I can't remember what he called these pre-cancerous moles, but there is a medical name. I would not take any chances. Get second opinions and have the stuff removed. Hope this helps.

      over 8 years ago
    • AnnaMontana's Avatar

      Mole checks every 6 months seem to be the standard of care for both an actual melanoma diagnosis, and a "fear of melanoma" diagnosis. I know how scary it can be in the middle 5 and a half months though!! Doesn't it seem like there should be a more active course of action? I've found a very delicate balance between trusting my dermatologist (who I'm best friends with after 4 years) and trusting my gut about moles that just don't look the way I remember them. I've called for appointments between those 6 month visits just to get his opinion about things.

      And yes, I always stay diligent about all the other cancer prevention strategies: moderate diet, plenty of exercise, limit sun exposure, etc. etc. etc. etc. Hope this helps!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Erin123's Avatar

      I am 16 years old and I have just been told I have pre-melonomic moles. A week after my biopsy, I was required to get the moles removed. Now a few weeks on, I have had my stitches removed and I will have two scars on my body from where the minor surgery tools place.
      I know cancer is dangerous, as I now many who have lost their lives to it, but how worried should I be with my moles. The doctor who removed them said that it's not good, but I guess it's hard for me to accept that I may have full melonoma in the future.

      over 8 years ago
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    Oh No ("Pre-cancerous" Melanoma): My daughter has pre-cancerous melanoma moles--her biological father has melanoma in the family---we go for mole checks every 6 months and we've had 3 biopsy at this juncture. While we currently don't have "cancer" I'm concerned we are doing all the right things. Does this sound familiar to anybody out there? Are there any decisions we should be taking right now?

    Thanks bunches!!

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    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      This is a really good question, and I suggest you post this on our Questions section. You can do this by clicking on the "Ask Network" link on your logged in home page or the "Questions" link at the top of this page. When you post needs/questions using our question feature, we route your question to everyone in the network who might be able to help.

      Thank you.

      almost 9 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Curettage and electrodesiccation)

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    Oh No