Does anyone receive Remicade through a Port-a-cath?

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   Posted 8/25/2007 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I am about to start taking the drug REMICADE.  Sadly I don't have the best veins around, so my physician wants me to have a PORT-A-Cath put in.  No one seems to know much about the use of a port with Remicade.  The company won't answer any question about it.  So I'm asking if anyone out there is taking Remicade with the use of a PORT?  How is it working for you?
Thanks so much,

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   Posted 8/25/2007 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Whiporwill3, Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry I can't help with this one. I get my Remicade in my vein's
I have no problems with my vein's. I hope somebody here can answer question.
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   Posted 8/25/2007 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Whipporwill3,

I had my port placed on July 5th of this year and have no regrets. I've had 2 remi's since then and it goes sooo much easier, no multiple sticks, no searching for an hour for a vein, I used to dread going in for infusions because of the multiple needle sticks, now its a breeze.

Did they say what type of port it was going to be? Mine is a Bard Power Port, its about the size of a quarter and it sticks about 1/2 inch up under the skin. I really don't even notice it except if the seat belt rubs it or it gets bumped. I do get it flushed every 4 weeks.

Overall, I'm glad that I got one, its made the remicade an easier process, if you have any other questions I'll be happy to answer them. Good luck and keep us posted!!!
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   Posted 8/25/2007 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a port a cath for chemo. I hate it and cannot wait until they take it out
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   Posted 8/27/2007 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
hello whiporwill3,, not a port but a hickman catheter. i know , close but no cigar. i have known people that have done it and have not reported any problems.

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   Posted 8/27/2007 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have worked in Oncology before and I can tell you that most people who get the port are very happy with it. Like someone said I think it beats the heck out of multiple sticks, blown veins and the other problems that go along with bad viens. Just make sure it is a good doc putting it in. I have seen them where they not in a real good spot and that is when people don't care for them. Things like a little high up by collar bone or a little to far over closer to underarm. Sorry I can't help with the remicaid part, but I will be keeping an eye on this post with you because Remicaide is my next option and like you I have bad veins and will need a port. So be sure and keep us posted on how it's going!
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   Posted 9/1/2007 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a port a cath and boy did it ever make my Remicade infusions go great. I hd bad veins to begin with and Remicade finished the, off. To the point, once when my vein blew Remicade leaked out all over my clothes. My hands were under blankets and the nurse never checked. We had no idea how much Remicade I actually got. A week later we figured out not much, I ended up in the hospital for a week in a bad flare. I had a port placed before my next infusions which I got them every 4 weeks. Susie

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   Posted 9/1/2007 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Whip getting sticked once is enough for me so you will probably be loving it. Best of Wishes with your treatments. lol gail
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