August 30th, 2016
| Survivor: Breast Cancer
The day before I started 16 cycles of chemo over 20 weeks, an interventional radiologist implanted a power port on the left side of my upper chest during an outpatient procedure. I quickly learned that this quarter-sized port was key to making chemo run smoothly because it connects a catheter to one of the main veins leading to my heart. Why was this a big deal? It meant chemo drugs could be delivered quickly and safely into the bloodstream—and I didn’t need to get pricked with new IVs at every infusion.
Wondering whether you or your loved one should get a port for chemotherapy? Here are few pros and cons based on my experiences over six months of chemo and pre-op testing.
Disclaimer: These are my tips and suggestions as a survivor, not as a clinician. Please consult your doctor when making a thought-out decision.
Some Pros of a Port:
1. It Speeds Up Chemo Infusions
2. No More IV Bruises
3. Less Pain
4. It Can Stay In As Long As You Need Treatment
5. It Can Be Used for Other Therapies
Some Cons of a Port:
1. One More Procedure, One More Scar
2. It Looks Awkward Poking Out of Your Skin
3. It Gets In the Way Of Seat Belts
4. It Can Malfunction or Break
5. It Needs to Be Flushed When Not In Use
Again, the decision is yours and your doctor’s whether to get a port for your treatments. For me, the convenience—and relief from more discomfort—the port provided during my treatment easily outweighed the negatives.
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