Anyone have a Dye Study on their Port?

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Anyone have a Dye Study on their Port?

Postby Mattie » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:19 am

For the last couple of treatments, my port has not been returning anything. They've been using cathflow to try and clean things out, but it's not working.

Hoping I don't have to deal with replacing....avastin seems to be going in okay....

Appreciate hearing about any experiences and outcomes...


4/10 debulk, DX stage IVb, 49yo
5/10-11/11 Folfox, then Xeloda/Avastin
4/13 Resect liver met + pelvic node
7/14 SBRT 15 mm Liver & node
12/14 SBRT 8 mm Liver met
3/16 4-5 pelvic nodes, Xeloda/Avastin again
12/16 NED, sticking with Xeloda/Avastin
8/17 still NED Dropping xeloda. Avastin only.
1/19 still NED sticking with Avastin only

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Re: Anyone have a Dye Study on their Port?

Postby Capri » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:54 pm

Hi Mattie/Sue,

My son recently had a dye study on his port. It would flush fine but only intermittently work when trying to draw blood from it. The study took about 15 minutes; he was awake for it & watched the pictures on the screen. Basically the port is fine. The reason they can't draw from it is because the distal end is up against the vein. It's positional he was told. Sometimes it works to draw blood from it; but for his bloodwork, the lab uses an arm vein. He still gets chemo via the port; it goes in just fine.

Probably the most painful thing about the procedure was the co-pay. :D

I I hope this helps you. Best wishes to you.
Mom to son 46 yo at Dx (2017)
9/17 rectal bleeding
12/17 colonoscopy sigmoid tumor; CT & MRI chest, abd,& pelvis clear; CEA normal
1/18 Robotic resection, Path: adenocarcinoma, Stg. IIIA T3 N1 MX, mod. differentiated, margins clear
2/18 Port placed; 2/26/18 Begins FOLFOX
6/18 On Early surveillance CT 2 liver hemangiomas, PET scan-nothing "lit up"
Neuropathy has started.
7/30/18 Completed 12 cycles of FOLFOX.
Port removed October
11/2/18 Clean colonoscopy; 11/20 CT normal.

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