I am going to have a port put in on Monday. Is that painful? and for how long?

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Learning About Breast Cancer 12 months ago
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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    I got my port after six chemos- and was having trouble with veins! Everyone told me that it was a price of cake.. So I was caught off guard with uncomfortable feeling if it. . Hahahaha I made it thru lumpectomy and node dissection with Tylenol so thought it would be fine. I guess it depends where they put it.. Mine was put in above boob on left with tube going up to vein in neck. I needed Tylenol right away. For a couple of weeks I had to sleep on my back almost upright on pillows. It hurt to turn my head left.
    If anything touched it sent me into a tizzy- seat belt,... The first time they used it didn't work, so they turned me upside down and cleared it... Worked ! AND after about a month it was just fine. I use cream before treatment and it does not hurt to access it. It does look bruised after access. I also got allergic to tape they use. I will have it until June of 2014 for herceptin. It is another hurdle to jump- but worth it !!! And do remember everyone's experience is different.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      what is herceptin for?

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Karyn,
      Herceptin is used to stop the aggressive growth if her2 cancer.
      It is given thru port in 21 day cycle for a full year. I get a little longer because we started three dose back in Jan/ Feb and then interrupted until May. So I have to...

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      Karyn,
      Herceptin is used to stop the aggressive growth if her2 cancer.
      It is given thru port in 21 day cycle for a full year. I get a little longer because we started three dose back in Jan/ Feb and then interrupted until May. So I have to do it till next May.
      It is the miracle drug for her2 . It cost $13,000 per dose! It is amazing how much I am worth! I get to go have it tomorrow and get a test.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2013

    My port was inserted during an out patient procedure. Once I was taken to surgery I was in recovery less than an hour later. I had very little discomfort and did not need any pain medication. I barely notice it is there and it sure makes chemo access easy. There is some bruising at the access site for few days afterward but otherwise not so bad. I hope all goes well for you.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you, I hope I can report the same experience!

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2013

    The first few nights I wasn't able to sleep on it but didn't have any issues with it. I was told when I had it put in it should stay in for a minimum of a year in case they need it for something, it's just a matter of going in once chemo. is done and have it flushed every so often (in my case every 6 weeks). The first thing my new oncologist said was; "you're done with chemo. the port can come out". I thought no way as that would be a minor surgery again and I'm not ready to do that right now. The only thing that really bothered me for the first 24 hours was the dressing they put on the incisions as I'm allergic to adhesives and it was really getting irriated from that but not the port itself.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So do you think you will leave it in?

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      How long pot herceptin should it stay in... I was thinking hoping to get it out right away! .. Next June...

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Just had port put in Tuesday. 1 small incision , no stitches. Just glued skin,no dressings even.just a little sore Tuesday. At hospital 3 hours total. Going back to work Thursday . Ready for chemo Monday!!

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had 2 small incisions and they used glue and steristrips but elected to cover it for 24 hours with a small dressing that when covered to hold it in place is where the adhesive came into play with me.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I heard most people had 2 incisions. Don't know why I only had one, but glad for that.

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  • anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient

    I had mine done with my mastectomy. So no help there. But, I have had mine now for 17 months. I don't even know it's there. Now that I am done with treatment, I have to get it flushed every month until I have it removed. Prayers to you.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My surgeon doesn't do them so I couldn't have it done during my mastectomy, would have been nice though. Mine required a short stay, a few hours in an area of the hospital just for people having limited anesthesia (mine was done under conscious...

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      My surgeon doesn't do them so I couldn't have it done during my mastectomy, would have been nice though. Mine required a short stay, a few hours in an area of the hospital just for people having limited anesthesia (mine was done under conscious sedation). An interventional Radiologist did mine using both X-ray and U/S guidance.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What are your plans on having it taken out?

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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      My onc wanted me to wait after my next check up. Which is in October. So if all is good, that baby will be gone!

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The only issue I foresee is not everyone is trained to access them say for a blood draw. The chemo. nurses are but "lab techs" aren't. So when I see my onc. since blood is drawn every time (at least it has been so far) I have the chemo. nurses...

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      The only issue I foresee is not everyone is trained to access them say for a blood draw. The chemo. nurses are but "lab techs" aren't. So when I see my onc. since blood is drawn every time (at least it has been so far) I have the chemo. nurses do it. Only one of my arms can be used for such things so I'll probably opt to keep it in for awhile, but who knows as I've known people who have issues with theirs.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes, if you have a port, make them use it. They can find someone who can do it!

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I went to ER and my sister was worried about inexperience people doing blood draw from it. That was no problem for our ER they got anther nurse who did a great job.
      Andre October is almost here, yippee!

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