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Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Outpatient: It is a small outpatient procedure, with actual procedure not taking more that 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Tomorrow--Chemo port placement: Can I ask the MD to put in into the upper arm (never knew it is an option til went online today)?

Chemoport location: Sure, ask your doctor about any aspect of your procedure. They should explain their reason for their location selection so you understand why it was selected. You should be comfortable with them and trust them, and they should be able to reassure you without hesitation. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in my right atrium attached to the catheter on my chemo port.Have had multiple TEEs. Is MRI a better way to tell what it really is?

I have a blood clot in my right atrium attached to the catheter on my chemo port.Have had multiple TEEs. Is MRI a better way to tell what it really is?

No. Ultrasound.: In all likelihood, the MRI won't reveal any more information than what ultrasound has already determined (TEE is a type of echocardiogram or ultrasound of the chest). TEE checks for migration (movement) of the clot & it's size. An MRI is an expensive way to do that; TEE is "as-good". If you're being treated w/ blood thinners, stay the course for 6 mo as clots can take long time to shrink. Patience ...Read more

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I'd like to get a tatoo. But i form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.

I'd like to get a tatoo. But i form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.

You should get: a small trial one in an inconspicuous area, to make sure that you don't form keloids with tatoo. Keloids form more commonly in areas where skin is close to bone, without any subcutaneous tissue, such as over the sternum. ...Read more

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Can I start chemo immediately after port insertion?

Yes, you can: Your surgeon will give you an OK to use the port. They like to do an X-ray to verify that the port catheter is placed in the right location. Once this is verified (same day after insertion of port) your oncologist will likely go ahead and start using it. ...Read more

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What is a port for chemo?

What is a port for chemo?

"ports" are: Accessible devices under the skin that allow puncture and direct line to the venous system. It prevents multiple sticks and extravasation of caustic chemo outside veins. When chemo is completed, it should be removed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout chemo someone has a port in their arm, if they take the port out does that mean the cancer hasgone away?

Not exactly: An Oncologist will not generally recommend port removal when someone has final stages of cancer because the assumption is that that person will be on treatment off and on for the rest of his/her life. A port is removed very routinely after early stage cancer because the person may very well be cured. So it depends on the situation but in general it sounds like this person is considered curable. ...Read more

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Am having 1st chemo treatment and staying 1 overnight in hospital. Does this mean I'll have chemo entering body (have port) for 24 hours?

Am having 1st chemo treatment and staying 1 overnight in hospital. Does this mean I'll have chemo entering body (have port) for 24 hours?

Time deliver chemo: Most pts who go into the hospital for chemo are having fluids and medication given prior to the actual chemo. You may getting more than one kind of drug and they all require different times to administer. Your more than likely will be sitting around waiting for things to happen! Bring a book and a blanket and don't forget your power cords. ...Read more

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Do i need a port for chemo if I have a cancerous brain tumor?

Depends on chemo...: Many types of brain tumors are treated with chemotherapy that needs to be administered by an intravenous route. Depending on the chemotherapy regimen to be given, a port can be the preferred (and safest) route. Even for those chemotherapies that can be given by a peripheral iv, if it is too difficult to start an IV on someone, a port is sometimes needed. Work with your oncologist about this issue. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction from steri strips after my port for chemo was put in. Strips are removed, but there are still blisters. What should I do?

I had an allergic reaction from steri strips after my port for chemo was put in. Strips are removed, but there are still blisters. What should I do?

Steristrip blisters: The blisters on your skin are a protective reaction of your body to the foreign substance encountered and are helping to prevent further injury to irritated tissue beneath them. Please protect the area from further irritation but nothing further is needed for now as the reaction seems localized to just the area affected by the steristrips. ...Read more

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I recently had chemo and the adminstratives noticed that it was leaking under my bandage where my port was.

Let doc know: Please let your treating oncologist know. While it may not be serious, knowing that the port is functional is critical in the long run. ...Read more

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How often should a power port be flushed once finished with herceptin (trastuzumab) and chemo? Why does it need flushed?

Monthly: Standard protocol has been to flush ports at least monthly. Maintaining ports is important to prevent clots, and to keep ports usable for later chemo if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a chest port,and the last 3 times,they were not able to get blood from it,but I take chemo through it,?

Clot at tip: A port is a device to give repeated chemo thru. It has a chamber under the skin and a catheter extending into a major vein. At times a clot forms at the tip of the catheter which acts as a valve. injecting the port pushes the clot away to allow chemo to be delivered but aspiration pulls the clot against the opening preventing blood from being drawn. The port should be flushed with heparin. ...Read more

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My son is active in sports and has to have chemo to treat lch (histiocytosis) would a port be necessary?

Factors to consider: The insertion and tedious care needed for maintenance of a port are a consideration based on multiple factors. The frequency of treatments, nature of the meds to be used, the duration of treatments, availability of sites etc. If a patient has good natural access points ( veins) and a central vein is not needed due to the nature of the meds, no port may be needed. Discuss your options with the doc. ...Read more

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After having a implanted venous access port placed for chemo i now have a choking sensation, what is going on?

After having a implanted venous access port placed for chemo i now have a choking sensation, what is going on?

Where is port?: If the port isn't in a neck vein and that would be unusual it might be more related to the chemo drugs or radiation if you had that. The catheter likely isn't anywhere near something that could trigger a choke, but strange things happen sometimes. ...Read more

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Surgical oncologist wants to keep cancer port on upper chest after chemo. Want it removed due to very bad skin nerve sensation. Options?

Need more info: A port is typically removed if the Cancer is under full control(Cancer free). if there is some doubt that you may need to reuse the port soon, then it is best left inside for 3-6 months. But if you have bad skin reaction near the port, your doctor can easily remove the port , knowing that you may need another surgery to put the port back in case your cancer requires further treatment in future ...Read more

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