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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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