Sunday, October 2, 2011
Woman With a Power Port Coming Through
One of the side-effects of chemotherapy is that your veins are often damaged during the process. This especially happens when drugs are administered intravenously. My oncologist wants me to have an implanted catheter inserted to assist with chemotherapy, as well as with blood draws and injections.
The surgery takes approximately thirty minutes, and is performed as an out-patient procedure. While under general anesthesia, a small port will be inserted into my chest. An incision will be made on my left side, and the port inserted. Looking at the picture, you can see how the port inserts directly into a vein. Think of it like a permanent IV for a while. The port will be one of my lifelines. Chemotherapy treatments and any "sticks" will use the port after it is inserted.
Monday afternoon, I have another appointment with Dr. Jones, my oncologist for final instructions before chemotherapy. My first chemotherapy treatment will be Thursday, October 6.
After Monday's surgery, I may have the power to set off security alarms, due to the small amount of metal in the port. Security systems may or may not pick up the metal, but I will have the medical information card to show authorities. It's not a weapon setting of the security system, just another one of the perks I'm getting during this cancer diagnosis!