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Chemo Port Complications
"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
Outpatient: It is a small outpatient procedure, with actual procedure not taking more that 30 minutes. ...Read more
Any time: Most ports can be used right away. ...Read more
I need some history or where i can find the history of the chemo port. When was one first made.. Implanted who was the person that invented it please?
1968: The first "chemo ports" were the broviac and hickman catheters that were developed in 1968. They were perfected by 1973 and are known as central lines. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Many possible: Some are more likely than others and they depend in part on the specific treatment and physical condition but, among others: low white cells causing infection, anemia, low platelets causing bleeding, heart, liver, or kidney problems, and others. Enough to write a book. Talk to your doc about what may specifically apply to you. Best to you. ...Read more
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
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
Do most cancer patients who receive chemotherapy have a port installed into their chest? I know this is a way to deliver chemo drugs into body.
Yes for Venous Acces:
Most chemo is given via the veins of your arms but it can cause quite a bit of burning pain. Moreover the veins tend to close down(thrombosed) ,so you would soon run out of the veins of your arms.
In order to avoid this problem oncologists like to use a long catheter(PICC line) or insert a Port(which is a surgical procedure).So there are 3 ways to access the veins...your oncologist should explain. ...Read more
Cancer Port: One of the two septa is plugged and the enzyme could not reopen it. No chemo at this time. Is this a problem of having only one septa?
And: You may have to have a new port placed. It has to be flushed regularly to keep it open. ...Read more