If I may, I'd like to give a little background before I ask my question. I was treated for breast cancer in 2003 - chemo, lumpectomy and radiation. I developed lymphadema about a year after treatment. I am not allowed to have any vitals taken on my right side and cannot have blood drawn from my right arm. I didn't have a port during my breast cancer treatment and the veins in my left arm are not in good shape.
In November of 2008 I was diagnosed with tongue cancer and had chemo and radiation. In September of 2009 I had my right kidney removed due to cancer - each of the 3 cancers were primary. Due to the damage done to my tongue and throat during radiation, the doctors had trouble intubaing me for the kidney surgery - it took 3 tries. I almost died during that attempt and ended up with stomach acid in my lungs. Ten days later they tried again and were successful in removing the kidney. I was intubated while 'awake' this time.
That is getting off track! My question is about my port. One of my oncologists thinks I should have it removed asap. I'm a little reluctant to have it done. First of all, I'm afraid if I get rid of it I will need it again. Secondly, I'm nervous about anesthesia of any type after the kidney fiasco and finally, with the condition of my veins, I hate to get rid of it. Please let me know what you think and for those of you who had a port removed, how difficult a procedure was it?
I have only been coming to this site for a few days but I find it so informative! I can't say how many times I've read something and thought - THAT IS JUST WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.
Thanks in advance for your help and all your posts.