Mar 28, 2005 - 1:15 pm
I have a PICC Line. My oncologist opted for it so I could get started on Avastin right away rather than wait for surgery to install a PORT plus recovery time.
I'm interested in getting a PORT eventually though. But I have heard mixed opinions on the cost/benefits. One nurse told me there is increased risk of infection and clotting with a PORT, but another told me there wasn't much increase with the PORT vs the PICC Line.
My boyfriend's co-worker's father got a blood infection from a Port, he is not in favor of a Port.
I'm inclined to get a Port, but am a little nervous about it. My PICC Line is annoying to me : weekly dressing changes, bandage irritation on my skin, keeping it dry and untangled. Would love to get a Port!