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Power Port For Chemo
How often should a power port be flushed once finished with herceptin (trastuzumab) and chemo? Why does it need flushed?
"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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer