Another one anticipating a port after today's chemotherapy - bad veins and a longish road ahead meant they recommended it. I am a bit of a wuss and admit to being apprehensive, but I do trust my team and think I will go for it. All wisdom most welcome. x
Hi Kelly, after 4 rounds of chemo, my arm is feeling the strain so we have decided to get a portacath put in. Can you tell me if it was painful when they put it in? I'm not a drama queen and have a pretty high pain threshold but just wondering what to expect please?. Hope your first chemo was ok, just remember thats 1 less!!! all the best Sarah
I've got a portacath too. I started chemotherapy in July and, just like you, had tiny veins, so there was no option of just doing it normally. I initially had a PICC line, but it caused a blood clot, so that was removed and the portacath put in. Initially I was gutted as I hated the thought of it being there for me to see the whole time, however, I have to admit to now being so grateful for it.
Like Tweasel, mine is very close to the surface and very prominent which makes it super easy for the nurses. They love it and it barely hurts at all getting the needle in. I've now got used to how it looks and I'm bald anyway, so one more tiny visual reminder doesn't really make much difference : ))
I would recommend having one any day, especially if there's a chance your veins might not hold out. It just takes one more worry away. Good luck with everything.
Hi Kelly. Sorry you are joining us, but welcome to the forum - a great place full of advice and support. I had a portacath for my chemo and Herceptin and I was so pleased I did. I had it for 14 months and it never gave me any trouble. You are right that it's a visual reminder of what we're going through, but I think the benefits far outweigh that (for me anyway, although I appreciate it's a personal thing). Mine was fitted very close to the surface so it was quite prominent. The chemo nurses loved it though as they had no trouble locating it!
I had mine fitted and removed under local anaesthetic too, so it was quite straightforward. I would definitely recommend a portacath xx