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pantufla
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Port question

Postby pantufla » Wed May 04, 2016 3:27 pm

DH just finished chemo on Monday. He was told they were going to keep the port in for 6 weeks just in case. What does that mean? He doesn't have his scans until October so how would they even know anything after just 6 weeks? Thanks group.
DH T2 N1b M0. 3/15 positive nodes.
Stage IIIA moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.
Tumor size 6 cm.
Left hemicolectomy 10/26/15.
FOLFOX 11/30/15 to 5/2/16, full 12 cycles.
10/3/16 CT scan clear.
11/10/17 CT: "Focal opacity along the left lower lung, 7 mm. Two small peripheral opacities along the right lower lobe, 2 to 3 mm. A few small to mildly prominent left-sided central mesenteric nodes, up to 13 mm.
June 2019: NED.

midlifemom
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Re: Port question

Postby midlifemom » Wed May 04, 2016 4:13 pm

Congrats to DH for finishing chemo.
Are you sure they didn't say 6 months?
I know some people on here get it removed quickly, others wait years.
DH should have some input as to how long he wants to keep it.
Stage 3 cc - dx Jan '14 age 53, cea 2.9
t2n2m0, KRAS mutant, MSS
Folfox Feb - Aug '14
Nov '14 cea 27.7 -2 liver masses
Dec '14 left lobectomy and HAI
Jan '15 FUDR and FOLFIRI
Aug '15 fudr done, liver clear, add avastin for lungs. Cea 4.3
Feb '16 CEA rising
May '16 2 wk break then drop Iri for 6 weeks.
Jul '16 cancer grew, constricted main bile duct. Stent inserted. On break till jaundice clears. CEA climbing. Doing reduced Folfox. Allergic to Oxali.
Sep'16 chemo failed. Trial or hospice?

pantufla
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Re: Port question

Postby pantufla » Wed May 04, 2016 4:39 pm

Hi midlifemom,

When I was there, the doc said a few weeks. DH said 6 weeks to me today after his appointment. :?

Thanks. :)
DH T2 N1b M0. 3/15 positive nodes.
Stage IIIA moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.
Tumor size 6 cm.
Left hemicolectomy 10/26/15.
FOLFOX 11/30/15 to 5/2/16, full 12 cycles.
10/3/16 CT scan clear.
11/10/17 CT: "Focal opacity along the left lower lung, 7 mm. Two small peripheral opacities along the right lower lobe, 2 to 3 mm. A few small to mildly prominent left-sided central mesenteric nodes, up to 13 mm.
June 2019: NED.

Nik Colon

Re: Port question

Postby Nik Colon » Wed May 04, 2016 4:43 pm

I would double check with doc. Also, it is up to him if he wants to keep it longer. I still have mine and not taking it out any time soon. Mine doesn't bother me plus it's nice for scans and blood draws as my veins are crappy. I just hope I don't need it for more chemo!

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elise
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Re: Port question

Postby elise » Wed May 04, 2016 6:53 pm

Seems a little quick but dear dog I'd pull mine out of I could. Onc wants it in for 2 years :(

So JUMP SHIP!!! :roll:

Elise
2012
Feb - Stage 2 (T3 N0 M0) CC @ 30
Mar - R hemicolectomy, 18 LN
May-Nov 6 - Chemo (8 Xeloda)
2013
Feb - NED
2014
Feb - NED
May - Stage 4 - 1 liver met @ 32
Jun - Liver resection
Oct - CLEAN SCAN
Aug-Jan - FOLFOX 5 rounds, 5FU X 6
2015
Ap, Oct - NED
2016
Mar - NED

JDinNC
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Re: Port question

Postby JDinNC » Wed May 04, 2016 7:01 pm

I still have mine at three years...My Onc wanted to remove mine at my second year. I just couldn't justify removing it since I was never a lucky person and knew if I did my cancer would return.

On Monday I had to have a PET scan and a MRI since my second cancer...melanoma might have metastasized. It took four techs to find a vein since my once good arm now have small rolling veins and kept blowing them out. I'm thankful that I kept my port cause there's no telling how much worst these veins would have been if I hadn't. And if my melanoma did metastasized it will mean more chemo. :cry:
61 y/o female @ DX...........
T3N0M1
6/13 DX- stage 4
Sigmoid colon cancer.
One met to lung
7/13 colon resection
8/13 lung resection
7/17 four years....NED
8/18 five years....NED
MELANOMA
63 y/o @ DX
6/15 stage 2a
7/15 surgery on arm
7/15 NED
4/16 recurrance
5/16 remove metastasis from back
5/16. Started immunotherapy
8/16 discontinue treatment
7/18...PET scan...NED

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Re: Port question

Postby DebZ » Thu May 05, 2016 2:13 pm

Mine was taken out few weeks after first chemo round when I was declared NED, but cancer came back by 3 month check and I had to have second one put in. I know you want to put this all behind you as fast as possible, but no harm in leaving it in for a while. Just have to get it flushed every 4-6 weeks.
48 @ diagnosis Sept 2014
MSS; Kras mutant G12D
Oct 2014: right hemicolectomy
Dec 2014-May 2015: Folfox
June 2015: clean scans
Sept 2015: scans reveal ovarian mass and liver met; Folfiri
Jan 2016: liver wedge resection and hysterectomy
April 2016: multiple lung mets; Folfiri+Avastin
June 2017: lung mets growing; switch to Folfox+Avastin
Jan-April 2018: dropped oxali; CEA rising
May 2018: back on Folfox+Avastin, add pulse steroid treatment to get platelet count up (continuously in 50s)

pantufla
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Re: Port question

Postby pantufla » Thu May 05, 2016 4:27 pm

Thanks everyone. I let him and the doc decide. I know hubby doesn't want to wait too long. ;)
DH T2 N1b M0. 3/15 positive nodes.
Stage IIIA moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.
Tumor size 6 cm.
Left hemicolectomy 10/26/15.
FOLFOX 11/30/15 to 5/2/16, full 12 cycles.
10/3/16 CT scan clear.
11/10/17 CT: "Focal opacity along the left lower lung, 7 mm. Two small peripheral opacities along the right lower lobe, 2 to 3 mm. A few small to mildly prominent left-sided central mesenteric nodes, up to 13 mm.
June 2019: NED.


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