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    Picc line or Port?

    So until today I have only heard of the port. So now I am confused.... Why one over the other? Aren't u more restricted with the picc? But I'm sure there is less scarring. So what's your input?

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    Port, port, port, port. I have a port in me right now, and I can tell you that it's been excellent to me. Aside from the procedure of having the port put in and being sore for about a week (not to mention that I had it done only a couple of days after my first chemo, ugh), I almost don't even notice it's there. When I went in for my second chemo, it was a simple matter of plugging me in to the IV, boop, that's it. It's a lot better than having your arms stuck a few times trying to find a good vein, and relatively less painful too. Also, because the port is in a big vein, chemo time went from 4 hours to 3 hours.

    Too many potential issues with a PICC line, such as infection, blockage, etc. Port is much, MUCH, simpler and safer.
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    Agreed. Ports are better, but it depends on how many rounds you are going to do. I had a port first time around with 6 rounds of chemo. This time, 3 rounds and then I get a central line for the bone marrow transplant, so we opted for the PICC. Either one works, but the port is easier to live with on a day to day basis.
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    I loved my PICC line and had no problems with it at all. It was put in by ultrasound guiding it. I watched..just like fishing line snaking around till it got where it was needed. No skin to prick like there is with a port. It was pulled out after my last infusion..just like using a hand held fishing line and bringing it in..no pain with either getting it in and out. It was flushed just before each fortnightly chemo.
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    I'm also a port person. I've had two in my Hodgkins career. A single lumen with initial treatment (had it removed after chemo and before rads) and it worked great. I had a double lumen port for my salvage chemo and stem cell transplant. It worked great also and they were able to use it for everything except stem cell collection and they just used regular IV's for that. If I ever have to do chemo again (knock on wood that won't happen) I would have a port put back in in a nanosecond.
    One of the advantages of the port is that it is internal so once the incision has healed you don't have to worry about getting it wet or anything. It just has to be flushed once every 4-6 weeks to keep it from clotting but while you're in treatment that won't be a problem since they'll do that when they use it. But, like everything in medicine there are no 100% guarantees and some people do have problems with them and they do require a short surgery to be put in (mine were taken out in the doc's office using a local). Make sure you check out all the plusses and minuses of each.
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    It seems that everyone likes their port or, in my case Picc line so you should like whichever you choose.
    What we really need is someone who has had both to chime in, lol.
    Aussie, age 58
    1987 CIN 111. Cervix lasered, no further problems.

    Years of pain, bleeding, women's plumbing problems. TV ultrasound, tests, eventual hysterectomy 2007, fibroids in lining of Uterus.

    Dx Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma stage 2B bulky, aggressive Dec/09.
    6 chop14 and Neulasta.
    Clean PET April/10, 18 rads 36gy mop up. All done May 2010
    Iffy scan Nov. 2011. Scan Feb 2012 .still in remission.Still NED Nov 2012.
    Discharged Nov 2014.

    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma.

    Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.

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    Any port in a storm! How long will you be in treatment? For long-term, I think that a port is the only way to go. I have had a Hickman line and a Power Port at the same time. Have had the port for a little over four years, and Dr. Hickman (who installed my power port, but not the Hickman catheter) told me that some patients have had them for 10 years or more. I have had no problems or infections. The Hickman catheter was trouble free as well, but a lot more maintenance (daily). The good thing is that I had it for only two weeks while they collected my stem cells, then it was out while I was awake. Not too pleasant that part.
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    What's wrong with a cannula for short term like say 3 months
    31 when dx with stage 4 FNHL very young. 6 cycles of RCHOP14 then 2 of COP14
    Which put me in remission. Couldn't have maintaince as mabthera lowered white cell count so far still in remission.

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    Much too much chance of bumping, dislodging it IMO. I certainly wouldn't have done it.
    I have not heard of it being an option which just means that. Others may have.
    Aussie, age 58
    1987 CIN 111. Cervix lasered, no further problems.

    Years of pain, bleeding, women's plumbing problems. TV ultrasound, tests, eventual hysterectomy 2007, fibroids in lining of Uterus.

    Dx Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma stage 2B bulky, aggressive Dec/09.
    6 chop14 and Neulasta.
    Clean PET April/10, 18 rads 36gy mop up. All done May 2010
    Iffy scan Nov. 2011. Scan Feb 2012 .still in remission.Still NED Nov 2012.
    Discharged Nov 2014.

    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma.

    Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.

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    Dont they Cannulate all the time
    31 when dx with stage 4 FNHL very young. 6 cycles of RCHOP14 then 2 of COP14
    Which put me in remission. Couldn't have maintaince as mabthera lowered white cell count so far still in remission.

 
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