Having a port put in march 31, never had one before, does your bra strap get in the way? Starting cemo April 9not sure what to expect. Do cooling socks and mittens help durring cemo? Does cooling mouth piece help durring cemo treatments?
I've never had an issue with my bra strap, but I do use a pillow to pad my port if I'm in the car and the seatbelt goes over the area. I also keep it clean. At times I feel it when I move the wrong way, but it's short lived. Like Roberta said, I pay some attention to how it feels. The port makes it easier to deal with a lot of things such as blood draws and chemo. They offer you less risk because most chemotherapies are harmful to the skin, and the port minimizes any contact. I use icing socks and mittens during my taxol and carboplatin to prevent neuropathy. So far, so good, but I also take a B complex, which my onco doc recommended for multiple reasons, including neuropathy prevention. I have read that sucking on an ice cube may help to prevent mouth sores, but a hard candy and/or keeping hydrated have helped me so far.
Most places will give you a little pillow to place between the port and your seat belt as it will be tender as it heals. The port is really a blessing during chemo, I started without one, but the drugs were too hard on my veins, so had one put in after my fourth round. Great to be able to have lab draws, infusions, done through there- no more being poked all over!! The surgery is out patient, and most go through it pretty easy.
Do you know which drugs will be part of your chemo?
@A MyBCTeam Member: cooling mouth piece? First I've heard of that! I didn't use any of that stuff to be honest, but you do you! What you're imagining regarding chemo is worse than the reality. Just pack your chemo bag with happy things - comfy blanket, good books, music, movies, snacks, whatever...park yourself in the comfy chair and get 'er done. I did two types of chemo - AC (the red devil) and Taxol. The AC made me feel tired and blah - like having the flu. The pre-meds are good though and i took the anti-nausea meds at the slightest inkling of nausea - its much easier to get ahead of it then try to tackle it after the fact. My hair fell out right after the second treatment within two showers. The neulasta shot (the shot you take the day after chemo to boost your white blood cells) made me achy and sore - hot baths and warm blankets were the best for that. As for Taxol, the pre-meds were given via IV rather than pill form - and they made me feel pleasantly drunk. I usually slept for a couple of hours during those treatments. No stomach issues or anything like that on Taxol, but there is bone and joint pain. Again, hot baths and warm blankets - some women found Claritin to be a big help too. The bottom line - chemo isn't the most fun You're ever going to have, but it IS manageable. Hydrate hydrate hydrate before, during and after each treatment, and eat something substantial before you go. Try your best to keep moving and get some exercise every day - even if it's just a walk around the block. Eat as well as you can - supplement with ensure if you have to. If things start tasting bland and gross, try adding something a little sweet, like a bit of honey. Chemo affects all your delicate tissues like your mouth and lady parts, so if you get any mouth sores, do the baking soda swish or ask your onc for magic swish n' swallow mouthwash (its a prescription mouthwash with lidocaine - numbs everything nicely). Rest when you need to.
Most of all, remember that attitude is everything - attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. You CAN and WILL get through this! Hug! 💖
My brastrap has never been a problem. I've had a port put in February 24. It was sore for a couple of days. Mine is pretty deep and doesn't protrude much at all. I haven't noticed any issues with a seatbelt. The one thing I do notice is that I can feel it when I lay on that side when I want to sleep. That's when I use a pillow to hug and it's MUCH better. Good luck with Chemo. I've been lucky and have had little to no nausea...just a wave or two but I have felt good for the most part...until I look in the mirror.🥺
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Ports are awesome for drawing of blood as well as chemo. Just always pay attention to how it feels as sometimes they can become a problem. You will know if it becomes hard to draw blood from and swelling takes place. This is to keep you aware of every aspect of your treatment. Blessings sister