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I had a Mediport put in last Thursday the Dr. covered it with tape and gauze. Do I need to keep it covered? Also, recovering from breast surgery which will take about 4 weeks, than I start Chemo. Do I need to do anything with my port in the meantime?

Karen G Profile
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anonymous

Stage 2A Patient over 2 years
  • Lisa W Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Gosh..seems like "yesterday" that i was having my port placed. I was so nervous and happy to say, it all went well!!!! Made my chemo treatments so much easier. -As far as taking care of your port while you are in the healing stages, keep it dry for the first wk or so and the "liquid" bandage should come off in its own. Pretty soon you wont even know its there. ;/) dont be afraid to ask your Dr or nurses about instructions or care while your port is still fresh. Better safe than sorry i always say. ;) also, im assuming your dr prescribed a numbing cream for you. If they havent yet, ask them. This cream was so helpful to me. You actually rub it on and around your port an hour before your chemo treatment. I placed "press n seal"...(seran wrap) over it too so it didnt get on my clothes. This cream helped when my nurse would access my port for chemo. Plus, i still had her spray the "cold spray" too. Lol! All will be ok..stay positive and take it 1 day at a time!!! Oh..by the way..im having my very lady chemo this Fri then we wait a few weeks before my port is removed!!!! I xant believe
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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Oops... Posted before i finished. Lol! I cant believe im almost done. ;) keep fighting like girl!!!! Hugs!!!

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    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thank you for your suggestions. Congrats on your last Chemo!

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  • cindy stephenson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Make sure u have the port flushed in 3 weeks - that will keep it from clotting off
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I had my port put in and started chemo the next day.they dealt with all that. Mine hurt the whole time but I'm so glad I had it done.
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  • Mary Chase Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Your doctor should have told you how long to keep the port site covered. Usually it's several days, but call the office to check on any care it needs. Mine was fine after the initial healing to shower without covering it. If the port is accessed with the needle in it then it must stay covered when showering and not have water directly sprayed on it. I hope your recovery goes well. Be sure to do the exercises when they tell you it's OK. Take care of yourself! This is the time to be selfish!! And all the strong women who have been there before are with you here!!
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  • Karen G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Thank you. The Dr. told me what to do but I was just waking up from General Anesthesia when he told me. He is on vacation this week so I will try to contact the on call surgeon tomorrow.
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  • Kay Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    Hi Karen I just had my Mediport inserted today. They gave me an instruction sheet before I left. I do know that you should not get it wet. If you take a shower you should cover it with plastic. Avoid taking tub baths, sponge baths are best. Keep original dressing for 4-5 days.Have office change your 1st dressing (Call to clarify) Notify office if excessive drainage, odor or fever of 100.5 these are signs of infections
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