Port catheter after treatment

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Port catheter after treatment

by Cervivor on Wed May 01, 2019 08:52 PM

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I have my port venous catheter still in after finishing treatment last May. When do I get it removed? My doctors have said nothing so should I tell them take it out?

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by Treasure on Thu May 02, 2019 03:01 PM

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I had mine in two and a half years and the only reason they took it out was because I developed a blood clot in the end of it. They like to leave them  in up to 5 years in case there is a recurrence. Talk to your oncolgist . 

Happy your treatment is over with, blessing as you continue on!

RE: Port catheter after treatment

by mike1220 on Thu May 09, 2019 03:28 PM

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Unless you are 100% positive that the port won't be used again, leave it in and have it flushed about every two months.

If your doctor says it's ok to remove it, it's a minor procedure you should have performed by the same doctor that installed it, if possible.

RE: Port catheter after treatment

by Cervivor on Thu May 09, 2019 03:41 PM

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Thank you for your response. My port has not been flushed out in over a year.After treatment ended my oncologist said nothing so I believe it is no longer functional.

RE: Port catheter after treatment

by mike1220 on Thu May 09, 2019 04:25 PM

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I waited 8 months beore I had mine flushed, and it worked well. I haven't had treatment in over a year, but I still have cancer, so the port stays. I have renal cell carcinoma metastisized to my lungs. I was being treated with Opdivo infusions. The cancer is still there, although no longer growing. It may or may not grow again, but the port needs to stay just in case. The port doesn't bother me, so I don't mind it being there.

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