Well, so much for that Port-A-Cath. After only ten months, my Port-A-Cath abscessed and had to be removed. Apparently this usually happens in patients with little extra fat. I guess I just got lucky, not thin.
The removal surgery, two weeks ago, was fairly straightforward. It was done with local anaesthetic and dissolvable sutures. I needed to be careful not to lift too much, which is hard with a new puppy who isn't confident on the stairs. Afterwards, I had to have my Herceptin and Pamidronate by IV, which went well.
Next Thursday, I am scheduled to have a new port inserted on the right side, just in time for my next treatment. But I am having second thoughts. I have been off chemo nearly a year. The Tamoxifen is keeping my tumours stable. I get Herceptin and Pamidronate every three weeks. If I understand right, they aren't as hard on the veins as chemo is. I don't know if I have mentioned it before but I form keloid scars -- scary scars that keep growing for years, long after an injury has healed. Did my skin's nature play a role in my port's abscess and erosion?
I could really use some advice. Do I really need to get a new port put in? Should I just wait until the day when I need chemo again? Or should I be protecting my veins from the Herceptin? What do you guys think?