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glinka65
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my port sugery is wed. i have no idea why i am so nervous about getting a port, but man o man it is bugging the hec out of me, then again this whole thing is like that as well!!!!! chemo starts on march 9th, ahhhh!!!! my nerves are shot!! Tommy

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Shayenne
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Don't worry about it Tommy, you won't even remember it, it was nothing..they were prepping me while giving me those "Twilight" drugs that lets you go into another place, but it puts me out..it's only like a 20 minute surgery, pretty quick, I woke up and it was over with.. and please let them know how nervous you are, and ask for something to calm you, they will give you something that will take it away, and you'll be just fine :)

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msccolon
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The port surgery will be a breeze! Recovery is pretty easy as well! This all kind of sucks, but you will be an old pro in no time!
mary

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dixchi
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.....compared to other things, getting the port is a breeze.....
at least it was for me......but I was also a nervous wreck
and was crying so the nurses realized I was upset and were so
nice to me; holding my hand and telling me it was going to be
alright.....one of the nurse's mother had colon ca too.....
and afterwards they fed me a meal of my choice from a menu
which I had never had happen before.....didn't get upset stomach
either.....
Barbara

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petppetp
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my mom went through 6 rounds of chemo WITHOUT a port. now she has one and trust me, a port is a GREAT thing to have...the surgery itself takes less than 15 minutes...practically no scars, and youre in and out of the hospital in 6 hours.
you'll be thankful when you have it
stick in there :)

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colon2
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I had my port put in last Wed. and it was a breeze. The worst part was the IV stick before surgery, and now I don't have to have any more of those for a while.I fell asleep as they were pushing me down the hall to surgery. When i woke up it was over. It was a little sore for a few days, and red around it, but nothing bad. I didn't even have to take tylenol, although they did give me a prescription for percocet for pain. i didn't fill it, because i didn't need it. Just try to remember, it will be over soon and then you can start fighting the beast. KILL the cancer cells. That's my motto. Best wishes and I will be thinking of you.
Carletta

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colon2
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I had my port put in last Wed. and it was a breeze. The worst part was the IV stick before surgery, and now I don't have to have any more of those for a while.I fell asleep as they were pushing me down the hall to surgery. When i woke up it was over. It was a little sore for a few days, and red around it, but nothing bad. I didn't even have to take tylenol, although they did give me a prescription for percocet for pain. i didn't fill it, because i didn't need it. Just try to remember, it will be over soon and then you can start fighting the beast. KILL the cancer cells. That's my motto. Best wishes and I will be thinking of you.
Carletta

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It's normal to be nervous. It's a "minor procedure", but it's still a procedure. I do recall grabbing some poor anesthesiologist by his little white collar, demanding when could get my IV valium (ok, not literally - but almost!). It's short, it's "minor surgery", recovery should be quick and easy (I had some soreness - but I don't think I took painkillers -- maybe one day.

The last time I had a port installed (yes, I've had three!), I was in the surgical theatre with the surgeon and the anesthetist, about to go to la la land. The surgeon asked me what kind of music I preferred to have on during the surgery. I told him I did not plan to be able to hear it, so he should pick whatever he wanted. Sure enough, even tho "light" anesthetic, I was totally in la la land.

Best of luck to you....

Tara

tiny one
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I too was nervous about getting a port. The port is about the size of a half dollar. It is placed under the skin by a small incision. Believe me when it comes to procedures I am a big chicken. Whatever drugs they gave me knocked me out. After I woke up I could feel some of the line when I turned my head. The same night they put the port in you might have pain. But a pain pill will take care of that. The second day it's a little uncomfortable, the third day you don't feel much at all. This little thing is going to save you from being stuck in the arms. There's a cream that you can put on before they access the port and you don't feel them sticking you at all. They can draw blood through this also. You'll look down and won't even know their doing this. I was finished with my last chemo Oct 31st, 07. I had my reversal Dec 21st 07. My port was removed Jan08. Saying prayers to ease your mind. God bless.

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Shayenne
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I forgot to mention the Lanacain cream that you should ask for Tommy, it worked well for me.. it's a prescription cream. I was nervous about them even accessing the port for the first time, and it was still sore around that area from the surgery a few weeks later, that I asked for the cream to numb the area before they were to access it, and they gave me like 3 refills of it, I put it on about 1 hour before I go, and you have to put it on really thick, like glop it on, the nurse said, and then put Saran Wrap on it, to keep it from going all over your shirt, and once you get to the treatment center, the nurses will take off that saran wrap, and I didn't even feel them stick me accessing my port at all.

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Buzzard
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I like the stick, its just enough to really tee me off and make me mad at this little critter running around in us. It makes me aware that I am not gonna let anything hurt me anymore and the stick......its a cake walk now. One deep breath and she says "gonna be a stick"....now I say"gonna be a stick" and she says "yep"...my nurse and I have it down to a science now.......

glinka65
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im very thankful for everyones support!!! donna thanks for the tip!!!! its hard to belive i manage huge consruction projects, talk smack with the guys, drive bobcats front end loaders and all kind of heavy eq, but man a simple procedure scares me so bad......what a whimp! thanks to everyone!!!!!! man i can olny imagine how im gonna be when its chemo time that was my rant thanks again guys!!!!! Tommy

sheri22
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I have had my port now for 3 years and like everybody says that surgry is not bad its better than getting poked 8 times befor they get a vein that will work,
which is why I got my port in the first place, as far as the chemo goes some of us have done pretty good with it everybody is different, the thing that has really helped me is finding this site, everybody here cares we are all in the same fight.
good luck Wed
you will be glad you got that port

Sheri22

glinka65
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thanks sheri!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shayenne
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...are exactly like me, I was also scared to death, and just you wait, you'll be glad you got that port, no more arm and hand sticks, and the chemo was just fine, the nurses will take care of you, and calm your fears, they were holding my hand, they gave me Ativan to calm my tears before they even started me, but you won't even feel the chemo going in you, will you be having that fanny pack connected to you for a couple days? I have one where a home health nurse comes and disconnects it on Fridays. Now, the only thing that scares me is the nausea I hope to not have again for my 2nd treatment on Wednesday. Don't worry, we'll all get through this together, it's ok to be scared, male or female! my husband gets scared for me, it's very normal, but you'll see, it will be ok, really ;)

Hugss to you!
~Donna

glinka65
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yup im getting the fanny pack.....man, that look is so not me, LOL, ill be getting my treatments on mondays than back on tues pump disconnect on wed , every other week for 6 months yuk!!! the support on here is so great!!!! but i get so dam nervous when i really start to think about it, its tough to not let all this show in front of my kids there still pretty young and kind of get it but when treatment starts who knows?? my doc said i should handle it fine but as you know this is scary new stuff to us all!!! i did tell my wife i was going to make a fanny pack look cool.... that got a good laugh!!!!

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Shayenne
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That is so funny about the fanny pack look! I remember those in the '80's and I stayed away from them, now I have to wear one for a couple days.. and worse yet, my fanny pack says "Walgreens" on it, so I'm a walking billboard for them as well while wearing it lol...

I have 4 kids, my oldest is 18, who is just wonderful, very maternal, and my other 2 are girls as well, 12 and 13, and my youngest, is my son, who is 8, it is all very scary to them as well, heck, they hear the word "cancer" and they think of death immediately, because my parents died of it when they were in their 40's, and I don't blame them, it is a scary word, and explained it's just a disease now, and not everyone dies of cancer..I don't hide the kids from it though, let them know it may be scary, but it's there to help you :) We're getting used to it now where they know my chemo/sick time is coming up, and though I look scary during it, not eating, or drinking, constantly in the bathroom, (the more fluids you drink the more the chemo will flush out of you) and laying around, I did tell them the medicine is just killing all the cancer cells and trying to get mommy better, and now they saw also how I bounced back and became better once I got disconnected from the pack, my appetite came a couple days later, slowly but surely, I was in a groggy state, but they'll see you will bounce back from the chemo time! I also get it Wed, twice a month, disconnected on Fridays, for 6 months! where do you go back too on Tuesdays? my pack runs the whole course, from the hospital on Wed, till the home health nurse takes it off on Fridays.

You gave me an idea though, where I want my fanny pack too look cool now as well! maybe slap some mini-guitars or something on it, and make it look like a Rockin' fanny pack or something???

glinka65
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you should be getting kick backs from walgreens....they made you a walking billboard!! during my treatments i go back to the dr. office on tuesdays to get another bag for the pump than disconnect on wed. i hope i can eat while on this ive heard so many different things i guess we will see!! hope your next round goes well!!!!!!!! also do you take any vitamins, i have heard a whole bunch of opinions on this but none from someone in treatment, im just looking at any and all allys to make this smoother.....me being the giant chicken i am ya know!!! now back to the fanny pack, later today im calling GQ magazine to see if they want to photo shoot the fashion break through of 2009.......rockin fanny packs.....what a cover!!!!! have a good morning!!! Tommy

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Shayenne
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You make me laugh so hard, my kids mock my fanny pack, but it's funny just to hear now you mocking it lol..

I wonder why you need to go back and get another bag, they just continue mine straight through, without having to go back. I'm glad I have someone here who can laugh with me and the fanny pack. I won't even hang it anywhere, I keep it close to me, even while I sleep because I'm scared of having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and forgetting that I'm attached to it lol.. I dropped it last week, and the alarms started going off, it freaked me out because it kept saying things like "No air dispatched" some really scary things, thinking I was attached to this thing, and it's getting no air! I woke up my husband in a sheer state of panic, and all he had to do was remove the battery and reset it lol...

Hey, if you can eat or drink while on it, do it, keep your hydrated! lots of fluids, the nurse told me the more fluids you drink, the faster it will flush the chemo out of your system.. I couldn't eat or drink a thing, on the first night I could, but not the 2nd or 3rd.. hopefully they give me something to help that tomorrow :)

glinka65
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hope your treatment gos good!!!!! i will let you and everyone know how the port surgery goes!! i think i got way to nervous!!!! it should be fine!!!!!! thanks for the support!!! talk to ya soon

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Shayenne
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I'll be thinking of you getting that port put in while I sit and get my chemo tomorrow, if I don't get on for a few days, it's just me recuperating from the chemo, I know you'll do great tomorrow! I'll try and get back on tomorrow night though to see how things went...we are all here to support you, and will talk later!

glinka65
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hey donna i hope all went well with your treatment today!!!! hope you are up and around soon!!!!!! port went great, thank you for all the support it really really helped!! get your rest and get back on here when ya can!!!!!! keep rockin the fanny pack!!!!!!!!! talk at ya soon

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pcs1453
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As you have read from all the posts, getting the port was a breeze. It was that way for me as well. I was awake for the procedure, just numbed on the spot. The surgeon was great and we talked most of the time. I was more worried about starting chemo the next week. Now, here I am almost at the end of round 3. The port makes hooking up for my infusion very easy but I still can't wait to get rid of it. I am keeping the positive attitude that after round 6 I will be DONE and the port will go. Good Luck with your treatment. I hope all goes well.

Paula

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KarenS49
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Getting a port put in was a very simple procedure. Try not to worry about it. Do you know if you'll be getting the power port? They are the best, I wish I had that kind.

Karen

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CherylHutch
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Paula... I was like you... wide awake for the whole thing. I know they gave me the sleepy drugs but I have such a high tolerance to drugs, they never did take. So I was talking to the nurse and surgeon the whole time, when I was not watching the clock and wondering when it was going to be finished :)

No problems with the procedure at all. For about a week after the procedure, my right arm was sore as heck and I couldn't lift it... but then that pain just disappeared one day :)

Hey... don't be too much in a hurry to get rid of the port! It's good to hang onto it for a while after... I think it's recommended up to a year after... on the off chance you might need it again. I ended up having mine taken out about 4 months after my chemo because it appeared to be rubbing on my collarbone, creating quite the discomfort. So far, I have not needed to have it put back in.

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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butterfly23
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Hey Tommy, The surgery is a breeze! Recovery is simple. It will take some getting used to, it will feel a little foreign to you for a while, but I can't imagine having my chemo without it, it is soooo much easier! I actually named mine "POLLY" and NO I am not the only crazy one on this site that named their port! HEE HEE!!! Good luck with everything, let us know how you make out!
Karyn

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Shayenne
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...now you got me trying to think of a name for my port lol...

tiny one
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There was one fun thing when I had my port. I would get a lightheaded feeling almost a rush when they put the needle in. Some get this when they flush the port. I used to look forward to this. The chemo nurses are so good at accessing the ports. Even if you do feel the stick it's so quick and last for a second. Not that way with an IV. Hope you get a rush. God bless.

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irene77
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Hi Tommy
It will be a breeze, I had twilight sleep did not feel a thing, could only here the doctors talking about going to Vegas and a cheep air ticket. Had my first Chemo treatment the next day the stick did hurt, just found out about the cream when I went for my Second round of chemo. I still have lots of bruzing around the port. I hate the fanny pack feel like I am in Jail cant wait till the third day when I have to go back to Onc. office to get the needle out.
I am going to start looking for a nicer looking fanny pack, still have 10 more chemo treatments to go.
praying for you, Irene

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Hi Tommy, Getting the port is the easiest thing and the smartest thing that I think you can do. I'm so glad I got one put in. It's been accessed over 170 times for chemo and never a problem. I'd hate to think what my veins would be like if I didn't get one put in. I have had times where they could not get blood return from it, but it was letting the chemo in.
Be well
-phil

glinka65
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thanks phil it went great a little sore but all is good!!!! chemo next that will be my next nerve attack...lol

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Kathleen808
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Hi All,
Tommy, I didn't want to post this before you got your port in because I didn't want to make you nervous. However, Dick said it was very uncomfortable getting his port put in. He has had it in for over a week now and he had to stay on pain meds for 4 days because of the pain. He is still uncomfortable sleeping. Also, he thought he was going to be put under but he was not. He said that it really hurt going in. I share this to see if this was the case for anyone else and to let other new people know it is not a breeze for everyone.
Tommy, I 'm sure yours went great.
Kathleen

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PhillieG
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That's how I remember it, it felt like someone punched me...hard. It did take a little time to get over it but in the long run it is worth it.
Glad yours went well.
-p

glinka65
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boy you are right on phil second day after the port is in and man i feel like mike tyson punched me!!!!! all good though, hope all is well with you.....Tommy

glinka65
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thank god i wa sput under!!!!!! it is a bit sore now but they gave me pain meds , have not taken yet but i probley will before bed!!! thanks for the support i hope dick is doing well!! please keep me posted .....Tommy

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Shayenne
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..You will be a little sore, not too bad, I took the pain meds because it helped me sleep :)
Shower with your back to the shower, in fact, I actually took hot baths and washed my hair under the faucet in the kitchen, so I wouldn't get it wet. Mine area was swollen abit for a few weeks as well, and it's looking better now, and as each week goes by, I don't even feel it there anymore, even while I sleep.. just takes time to heal :)

Man! I can't believe they didn't put Dick under anything! poor guy, why did they not put him "twilight?" that's the first thing I ask when I go under any kind of procedure.. "will I be put under" because there is no way they're touching me if it's any kind of surgical, painful procedure..I hope he's feeling better!

Hugssss to you!
~Donna

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CherylHutch
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Donna... like side affects, "meds" work differently on everyone. When they give me the twilight meds, they do nothing for me either. I was wide awake for the whole port surgery... likewise, I was wide awake for my sigmoidoscopy when they found the tumour, as well as the colonoscopy a few months after the surgery. General Anesthesia will knock me out cold... but the twilight meds are like taking an aspirin ;) I'm more sleepy on a 5mg tablet of Ativan than I am with the meds that are suppose to put you in la-la-land :)

Sounds like Dick may react the same way.

Of course, the procedure itself, they totally froze the area, so I didn't feel anything he was doing, except for a lot of tugging... but it didn't hurt. Kind of like when you go to the dentist... they can be tugging away and drilling away but you don't feel anything even though you are wide awake. It's when the freezing comes out that I noticed discomfort.

Kathleen... did Dick say the actual procedure hurt?? Because if it did, then that surgeon was NOT paying attention! It's one thing for the patient to be awake, that's not uncommon.. but the area he is working on should be totally frozen so that the patient doesn't feel anything... until the freezing comes out ;)

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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Kathleen808
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Hi,
I just asked Dick and he said they gave him the twilight and it did nothing. He said they poked him 5 times to numb the area and it did not. They kept poking him but the whole thing hurt. I feel so bad for him. I think I would be swinging if I was being hurt.
Thanks for keeping us informed.
Aloha,
Kathleen

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Shayenne
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He's brave! I would have never let them touch me until they got someone else to do the job, or even put that gas mask on him and knock him out, they would not want to have poked me, I'm not a nice patient when I feel they're not doing me right, I probably would have demanded someone else more competent, or other, stronger drugs, it's sad he had to go through that when it was unnecessary too.

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msccolon
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And it wasn't the surgeons' job, it was the anesthesiologists'!
mary

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Kathleen808
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Great point Mary about the anesthesiologist!

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msccolon
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I always flirt with my anesthesiologist, figure it can't hurt! I want them doing their UTMOST best when I'm in there!
mary

qwe
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I have the port and it is the best thing I could have done fore my treatments.
No more needles in my veins.I just got done with 28 treatments of radiation
and chemo healing now.The nurse told me make sure if I have a Dr. or nurse
take blood from the port to make sure they know what they are doing cause
all Dr's and nurses don't know how to use a port but do not worry all the Dr's
and nurses in you treatment team know how to use them so good luck and don't worry.
I have 6 weeks of healing from treatment then surgery to remove a rectal tumor.

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paulette S
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i will be having my port put in on thursday and im a wreck. i have 6 weeks of chemo and a fanny bag that comes home on mondays and gets taken off on fridays. i also need 28 treatments of radiation.
i was told i would get 30 min of anti neasuea meds first. i hope it works. how has been everyone else feeling through it

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The port is a Godsend of chemo patients....It prevents having to do the vein thing. It is a small quarter size either plastic or titanium device that allows the chemo to be sent into your vein and directly to your heart to be pumped all through your body for systemic dispersion and hopefully killing all or stalling the growth of new cancer cells.The fanny pack you will wear is to give the radiation you will be taking a "boost" so to speak so it will do the best job possible. The radiation you will do is normally a low grade radiation but in several doses...It will however give you a sunburn where the "Sun doesn't Shine"...My advice to you is to have your radiation person give you some "Aquaphor" . You will need it, it is applied just like sunburn creme around the " touchy" areas that get tanned. As soon as you feel a tingle like there may be the start of a tan you need to start putting the creme on. It will save you some discomfort. I didn't have much problem with burn but a lot do. I didn't have any problem with the chemo pack during radiation, hopefully you won't either. The radiation treatments take about 5 minutes, normally you are in and out in 15 minutes...I tried to get the earliest possible so that I had the rest of the day to do other things. Normally after the rad/chemo treatment is done it will usually be 4-5 weeks after before you have surgery. The radiation will work that long and they like to get all they can out of it, also it gives you a little break that you will enjoy very much having...God Bless ya and good luck.....

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thank you so much. im a marathon runner and my oncologist doesnt think i will be able to run with my new fanny pack. it is my life and i feel shut down now. i just hope i dont get all these side effects. the only one i dont mind is the loss of my pelvic hair. one less thing to shave ha haim actually going out and buying aquaphor now, it is on my to do list thank you

tiny one
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I used to call the fanny pack my bad buddy. I used to push mow grass and paint rooms and garden with this thing on. You might have to experiment on ways to secure it and cushion it but I bet you'll be able to continue running. Give it a try. Don't let this little nasty bag keep you from your love of running. You'll feel strong every time you can run and beat the bag. You might not run as far or as long at first, but this will help you as you go thru treatment. Being active I felt stronger and was kicking cancer's butt. Not to much slowed me down. My oncologist is a runner, he always encouraged being active. God bless and may you feel good when you run. Main thing is listen to your body.

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Hey Paulette... I must have missed a post or two, so I'm not sure what kind of cancer you have... colon or anal or ? I can only go by my own personal experience (colon cancer). I had a port and it was the best thing that can be given to you for your chemo treatments!! Seriously!! You don't want to go the "IV" route where it's put in your arm each time... especially since you say you will take the fanny bag home with you from Mon - Fri. Imagine having an IV in your arm at home Mon-Fri?? Totally not convenient, not to mention PAINFUL to have chemo going into a vein in your arm for 5 days at a time.

The port surgery is very quick and chances are you aren't going to remember a thing while they do it because you get the twilight drugs. Even if you are like me and the drugs don't knock you out, the worst part of the surgery was I was awake and aware of how hungry I was and had to wait until the surgical procedure was over before I could have anything to eat ;)

I also had 6 weeks of daily radiation ... and being that I'm a full-figure gal, was warned that I would probably get radiation burn in the fold of my belly. But, nope... didn't get a thing... not even a pinkish sunburn. So everyone is different... and there's no guarantee you are going to burn or get nauseated... and the fatigue can vary from one person to the next. I didn't really get bad nausea at all and as soon as I felt I might be getting some, I did make sure I took anti-nausea meds (both the pill form and/or the smoking of the natural weed form). I would NOT recommend waiting to see if you are going to be really really sick... if you feel like you might be coming down with nausea, then take something for it.

I didn't lose any hair during the radiation (again, I was warned that I would). But here it is almost 2 years since I had the radiation and I've noticed I don't have to shave my legs very often... maybe once every 2 months or so ;)

So, yes... it's possible you might have side affects to varying degrees... that's just the nature of the treatments... on the other hand, you might be one of those who has little if any side affects. So I wouldn't try to second guess what is going to happen... just take it a day at a time, a treatment at a time and be pleasantly surprised if it's not nearly as bad as your imagination makes it out to be :)

Huggggs,

Cheryl

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Buzzard
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Don't buy the Aquaphor your radiation nurse will have it as free samples for you....Guaranteed....you have to ask for it when you go in and make sure they have it onhand....saves a little cash........... :-)

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You guys are so nice. this is so new to me. i was diagnosed last friday and things are moving real fast. i have rectal cancer. at the beginning they werent sure it was rectal or colon cuz it was right on the border but now it is rectal and my petscan showed no spreading thank god. im actually shaking as i write this. i hope im not a bother to any of you but i thank you for answering me so quickly. i start next monday radiation and chmo. had my rear all mapped and tattooed for readiation so it looks special ha ha

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Paula, we're here whenever you need to talk..I was just diagnosed last month with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, with a tumor to the liver, they are shrinking the tumors with the chemo first, I guess before they want to do something else, but I was shaking as well, (sometimes still do) and the people on this board calmed alot of my fears, and I have such a positive attitude that I will get through this, and you keep your positive attitude as well, don't worry about the port, it was nothing.. I was knocked out, alittle sore the next day, but nothing I couldn't handle, they gave me some painkillers which helped. You are no bother, please ask about anything here, the people here are awesome, I still come and question alot, since I'm new to this as well, with only 2 chemo treatments down, I have 10 more to go!

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