This lets your health care team give more than 1 treatment at a time. I have contacted several doctors in the area, and have been told that the port is not designed for blood-letting, and they refuse to use it for such. This is my third round with the other two also taking three sticks each.
Shop Find great gifts and product ideas for use during and after cancer treatment. The entire device is called a port-a-cath. These are called double lumen or triple lumen catheters.
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Follow us on Twitter. Boy was I wrong. That nurse said since they had to use Heparin it would contaminate the blood sample.
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. This has been researched and in compliance with evidence based nursing. The information here was very helpful and informative. I am 74 years old and after seeing so many receive treatments and infusions of chemo, I thank God every day for guiding me through this difficult time.
Your health care team uses them to give medication into a vein. Can I wear regular clothes? Many ports do not draw well and have had to have TPA placed to open the port. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to write about their own experiences with the port installation.
She is a part-time project coordinator for a nonprofit that runs afterschool clubs teaching elementary kids about character development and volunteerism. Ports are made for average size people—which I am, but I am still fearful.
I have not had to have a phlebotomy in about a year and a half, my Ferritin has stay below 20 ever since it finished with my phlebotomies. This is also called a PICC line.
I appreciate this blog to get more information about what we as a family are about to go through… Again. I just had a port put in this morning.
Thank you Reply. Leaking is more likely with an IV catheter. As he is also on coumidin he needs a blood draw every week.
I am at a loss for words. Thank you for posting this. My wife contacted his office two weeks before my first chemo session to get scheduled for the port install.