A session on updates in the area of implantedports in cancer carewas
conducted today. The seminar highlighted advantages ofimplanted ports
(central venous access device) in cancer care. It also emphasized on
how the use of an implanted port improvespatient’s quality of life
byminimizing impact of chemotherapy drugs on patient’s veins, increasing
ease of drug administration, reducing the need for frequent
needlesticks, and facilitating quicker blood withdrawals.
treatment, chemotherapyrequires frequent injections, infusions of
medication and other fluids directly into the bloodstream;implanted
ports make these procedures more comfortable for the patients.In
a short surgical procedure, the port, which is a small device with a
hollow space inside that is sealed by a soft top, is implanted in the
body of the patient; typically in the chest. It is placed completely
beneath the patient’s skin, and is connected to a small flexible tube,
which is inserted inside a blood vessel.
acts like an IV to the bloodstream. A special needle is inserted just
below the surface of your skin and into the port so that medications and
fluids can be given, and blood samples withdrawn. And the patient
doesn’t have to take any special care of the port.
the session, Dr. Geeta Kadayaprath, renowned surgical oncologist fromMax
Cancer Centresaid, “The advantage of implanted ports is increased
quality of life &the minimal impact on the patient’s lifestyle.
Compared to other centrally placed vascular access devices, ports are
more likely to permit you to go about your normal day-to-day activities,
like playing with your children, jogging, showering and swimming etc.
The technology of implanted ports is aimed atincreasing ease of patients
and simplifying the cancer care where thechemotherapy treatment
requires frequent and long term access to the bloodstream for medication
delivery, blood withdrawals, parenteral nutrition and long term
antibiotics. As frequent needle sticks and certain cancer medications
can damage the peripheral veins in your arm, making access more
difficult over timean implanted port allows the doctor or nurse to carry
out all these procedures without having to repeatedly stick your arm
veins directly with a needle &also minimizes the damage to your