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Hello, going to start TC chemo. 4 cycles once every 3weeks. Vein or port? Suggestions please!

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Survivor since 2013 over 5 years
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  • Wanda S Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I really think it depends on the medication, # of treatments and your veins. I happen to have nice plump veins that nurses salivate over lol! My blood is drawn through a pinch in my finger, therefore all I need is the pinch for chemo which is not bad at all. Your Onc can help with decision. I personally did not want another scar on my chest after having my boobs done. Prayers and hugs to you.
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  • shen cruces Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    I got a port since they no longer can take blood from my masc side. It saved my veins.
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  • Lisa W Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    PORT! For me, it was the way to go. Before every chemo had to have blood drawn. Could only use my left arm, since i had a R mastectomy. The port saved my veins. It wasnt bad at all. ;/)
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  • Morgan Moser Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    PORT!!! They are a wonderful thing!!!
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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    PORT. Prayers to you.
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  • Susan Hohstadt Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Port. it makes everything so much easier!
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  • Wanda S Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Hello TH...I am on the same cycle and also have 4 rounds. My oncologist recommended that I not get a port due to scar, type of med being received and the fact I had good veins. I have had 2 out of 4 and veins are fine. Hugs
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    • Cindy S. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am the same as Wanda except I've had 3 treatments, so far my veins are holding up well.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Glad to know there are others with no port...

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  • Stephanie S Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    I had a picc line... Is that not an option?? Most of you seem to be in the states so is a picc line not used there? (I'm in Canada) it was in my arm, like a catheter, no surgery, took 15 minutes to put in, had it taken out literally 20 minutes after I finished chemo by my chemo nurse. Only left a tiny round scar half the size of a penny probably. Just curious as everyone talks about ports...
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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Picc line sounds great! I had a port and it turned and caused problems. After it was taken out I got a MRSA infection in it and it took 6 months to heal and to this day it still has a tiny hole in it and the scar is ugly.

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  • Melissa Costello Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Port! No doubt about it . You will be very happy when they do not have to use your veins every time .....
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  • Roberta S Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    I had to have a port bc I don't have good veins plus its much easier but I also have to have 6 rounds :(
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  • Mimi Carroll Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did 3 rounds if taxol no port and so far one A/C., veins are holding up... But I am a hard stick.... I think I need a port... But can't handle one more procedure-- I will need Herceptin for a year so the port. Would be nice...
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Getting a port put in is easy I spent more time in recovery. I got chemo the next day.

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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Port will make this journey easier and will save your veins.
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      You don't have to use it for just chemo, Scans(PET, MRI, CT) that use contrast. My advise comes from a place of not being an easy stick, after all this treatment It is almost impossible to get anything done. I had lymph nodes taken out on the...

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      You don't have to use it for just chemo, Scans(PET, MRI, CT) that use contrast. My advise comes from a place of not being an easy stick, after all this treatment It is almost impossible to get anything done. I had lymph nodes taken out on the right side so I can only use the left for blood, tests, blood pressure. I hated the port every day but I'm really glad I did not put any undo pressure on body. I put a really pretty tattoo over the scar pink ribbon with two rose buds my own badge of honor.

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  • T H Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Thank you for your replies. Very helpful. Will keep ya posted on my status.
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