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eaurand1
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Joined: Sep 2013

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this website and am very glad I joined!  I've read a lot of the discussions and have already learned a lot and feel like I already know some of you.  I'm very early on in my journey but my surgery was last Wednesday and my surgeon says he got good margins!  I did have one positive node so my stage is now @ 2B.

The reason for my post is to find out if anyone else has had the Bard power port for Chemo and if so had any issues with them?  I just had mine inserted this morning and it hurts every time I get up, turn my head or stretch.  Is that to be expected and will it go away?

God Bless

-Edna

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desertgirl947
Posts: 471
Joined: Oct 2012

I think that was the kind of port I had -- under the skin, up near my collarbone, on the right.  Mine was put in about a month after I had surgery, about 10 days or so before I was to start chemo.  Aside from waiting for the slit to heal, I can't say I had any real discomfort.

When did I have problems with my port?  Sometimes the nurse had challanges getting a blood return when I went for a blood draw or when I went for chemo.  I had to try a lot of different positions -- even joked about having to stand on my  head -- to finally get that indication that the port was working and ready to "get to work."

I had my port in for over nine months, and in spite of the glitches I had with it, I still am glad that I had that for access rather than my veins.

Maybe your discomfort is more related to just healing from its insertion.

 

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camul
Posts: 2132
Joined: Dec 2010

Have had it for 3 years. It was fine after it healed. Love it. First time, used veins and they were ruined. Well worth it!
at one point they were going to start using my feet. I will say again, I love my port!.

Rague
Posts: 3383
Joined: Aug 2009

Good point about veins!   I have great veins and I decided from the "git go" that I intended to get a port put in to protect them (my surgeon and chemo Dr seemed a bit surprised when I asked for one from each of them before I gave  them a chance to bring it up - I'd done my research).  So glad I did as veins in non-surgery side are still as great as ever. 

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

Rague
Posts: 3383
Joined: Aug 2009

My  Bard  Power Port has been since Aug 09 and I've had no problems at alll.

It was used for 4 neoadjuvant doses of A/C (Adrimycin /Cytoxan) and then 12 adjuvant doses of Taxol.  I have never used it for routine blood draws.  It has been used a couple of times for access during surgeries though.   I go in month to have it flushed unless it has been accessed during the previous month.  It was my choice (along with my Drs approval) to keep it in til I hit 5 yrs as being IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer) with 19 pos nodes, the odds are only approx. 25% of not developing mets within 5 yrs.  So to me, it has just made sense to keep it in and ready for use immediately without having to have a new one put in.  I think of it in a 'silly' way - I see it is a little soldier standing guard with M16 at ready so that the evil monster is afraid to raise it"s ugly head but if Monster tries a sneak attack, my little soldier is armed and ready for the battle.  So far so good - as far as I know, still NED!

My port was put in on a Wed morn and it was used the next day for first  A\C.  Pain was never an issue - slight discomfort a few days but nothing to need anything for other than OTC Tylenol for occasionally in the first few days.  My Surgeon did give me a script for oxy but definately not needed.  3 days after it was inserted I was back riding and giving lessons with no problem.  I did get out of doing the 'heavy' barn chores (mucking, carrying water/hay bales/erc.) as Hubby and Son insisted on taking over for 2 weeks.

If your facility does not have numbing spray for the port access ask for a script for EMLA cream (or generic form) to use before going in for infusion.  It hurts a lot more to access a port than to do any stick elsewhere.  Long story short but once my port was accessed with nothing (stupid nuclear meds dept. at hospital had nothing to numb it with).  With the spray, I feel a slight prick but with the cream just a slight sensation of pressure.

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

 

 

 

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coco2008
Posts: 406
Joined: May 2013

I had my port put in in the morning and used for my first chemo the same afternoon. After chemo I told them I did not want it taken out until it HAD to be removed. Onco said I could keep it for 12 months.  I had BMX done last Friday. They used it to start my nap and after I was in surgery they had to find a vein since the IV in my port would be in the way. After surgery they hooked back up to the port.

The two attempts they made in my hand caused swelling and bruising from my wrist to almost the second knuckle of my fingers. My veins in my hands and arms are awful.  After my 12 months are up I am planning on talking them into placing a new one.

It usually takes a minimum of three attempts to put an IV into my vein.

My port is one of my best friends.

My love and prayers are with you.

SANDY

Rague
Posts: 3383
Joined: Aug 2009

Why would you take one port out at 12 mths and put another one in?  My port has been in for over 4 yrs.  I do have to have it flushed every month (some facilities will say to do every 3 mths but the maker says monthy so that's what VA does for me).

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

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coco2008
Posts: 406
Joined: May 2013

My onco said 12 months.  Maybe I can just have them leave it in for another 12 months.  Kind of like checking it out 1 year at a time.

Sandy

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jlharris
Posts: 48
Joined: Apr 2013

I am please to hear that you have learned so much from others. I do not post much but I am on everyday and I too have learned alot.

I was also at stage 2B but I did not have any chemo. My onco recommended it but I chose not to because of my OncoType score being so low. So I had the lumpectomy and radiation.

I will keep you in my prayers that your treatment goes smoothly.

Jenifer

eaurand1
Posts: 7
Joined: Sep 2013

First I would like to say I really appreciate all of you and that I feel better today! 

I had to go for a MUGA scan this morning. I also had a PET scan appointment following but decided to rescheduled the PET until next Thursday.  Just didn't think I would be able to handle another 4 hours of testing and I.V.s after this past week.  It was last Wednesday that I had my lumpectomy so it's been a lot in a short period of time.

They did not use my port for the MUGA today....said it was too soon and my doctor's orders were that the bandage could not be removed until Friday.

I see my oncologist tomorrow morning to find out my chemo schedule and I will definately ask him about the script for the cream.

I only had one positive node and I am ER & PR negative so the plan for now is 6 rounds of Taxotere, Carboplatin & Herceptin followed by another 6 rounds of just Herceptin.  Then radiation......I have read a lot about the triple negative on here and was worried until I asked what my HER2 results were and found out it was positive.  I also asked about my "grade" and found out I scored high so figure I better be aggressive and do everything that they advise.  I only knew to ask all this from reading the posts from all you lovely ladies.

Thanks again,

-Edna

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