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Port Question... and Chemo Question

idlehunters's picture
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Hey everybody!,

Just got back from MD Anderson yesterday. It is sooooo good to be home. I had a terrible time getting this port functioning. They ended up putting in a temp. pick line until this port heals and removed it before I left. Anyway, I finally got to remove the dressing on the port (except for the steri-strips) and wash the area. I noticed there is a wire sticking out of the incision.... what is this??? Man, I am still so friggin sore in that area and I sure hope it heals before my next chemo in 2 weeks.

Also, I had my chemo wednesday... when will I get sick or have side effects?

Thank ya guys!!


Posts: 1961
Joined: Aug 2003

Hi Jennie,

Do you know what sort of port you have? My first port was a Hickman, and there is an elaborate system of 'wires' hanging out of you -- but you'd know it (I had a special pouch made for the contraption). But these days I believe most people have a port-a-cath or similar -- which shd be completely imbedded under the skin -- no wires sticking out. Mine feels like an old-fashioned bottle top, just under my skin. I don't want to sound alarmist but your situation sounds 'not right' to me. Can you call or contact someone right away?

As for the chemo -- if you aren't feeling side effects now, that is great news!! Everyone is different -- I hope and pray you are one of those who is relatively spared (I was!). For some people the side effects are cumulative but for others pretty consistent.

Best wishes,


idlehunters's picture
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My husband took a close look at the "wire" and he said it looks like a stitch to him.... my bad....

PhillieG's picture
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I thought it was for your iPod

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