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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?

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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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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What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these). Chemotherapy inherently weakens the immune system's response to infection. Therefore, the 2 combined may increase infection risk. ...Read more

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Are people with chemotherapy at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

Shouldn't be: This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not. ...Read more

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