Sep 06, 2009 - 4:27 pm
Hey ya'll. I just finished up my lymph node dissection surgery, and I'm scheduled to go back to the surgeon to have the drain removed. At that appointment, we'll discuss the advantages of a port vs. a PICC for my upcoming interferon treatments. I was hoping to get some insight from y'all.
My "official" diagnosis is recurrent melanoma. It showed again up after an absence of 17 years in ONE lymph node under my right arm (no primary source this time). We don't have the pathology on the original melanoma - only that it was on my back, and it had a couple of satellite nodules, but no lymph node involvement. My surgeon then surgeon did with a VERY wide excision and declared me "cured". BTW - that ONE lymph node count is now official - the PET scan didn't show melanoma anywhere else, and the pathology report on the lymph nodes removed by the surgeon didn't show any other lymph nodes with melanoma. So post surgery, for now at least, I am offically melanoma free! YAY!!!!
The last time I talked to my oncologist he said I'll be getting the "standard" interferon treatment - 4 weeks of high-dose interferon followed by the 48 week 3x a week injections.
I want the port because I have 3 large dogs, 4 cats (and their litter box), and a parrot to take care of - I'm concerned about keeping a PICC safe, secure, and sterile. My question - is it worth getting the port over a PICC for the 4 weeks of the induction phase of interferon?
What did everyone else who has done the interferon treatment do? All comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.