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Doctor insights on: Chemo Port Complications

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...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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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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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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How often should a power port be flushed once finished with herceptin 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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I have a port in for my chemo. Its on the right side. But when i lay down i start getting chest pain. Is this cause of port?

Maybe?: Typically ports are as maintenance and problem free as can be but they can cause problems in some circumstances. Tell your doc to have it checked. The pain may have nothing to do with it. ...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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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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Is elevated heart pulse a complication of chemo?

Is elevated heart pulse a complication of chemo?

Sometimes: Bring this to your doctor's attention - among other things, it may be a sign of dehydration or of infection. ...Read more