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Implanted port reduces chemotherapy related complications & provides better quality of life to cancer patients

Bangalore, 28 January 2015: Implanted port (central venous access device) is a device which relieves a patient from treatment trauma while receiving chemotherapy by minimizing impact of chemotherapy drugs on patient’s veins, increasing ease of drug administration, reducing the need for frequent needle sticks, and facilitating quicker blood withdrawals. Implanted port improves patient’s quality of life – revealed in a session by Dr. Somashekhar, today.

In a cancer treatment, chemotherapy requires 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 under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. It is placed completely beneath the patient’s skin, and is connected to a small flexible tube, which is inserted inside a blood vessel.

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just below the surface of your skin and into the port so that medications and fluids can be given, and blood samples withdrawn.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.

Speaking at the session, Dr. Somashekar, Chairman and Head Consultant – Department of Surgical Oncology from Manipal Hospitals said, “The patient acceptance rate of implanted ports in India is around 25%. It is a cost effective method when you look at the overall direct and indirect cost chemotherapy has & thus implanted port is a better option. More and more patients prefer implanted ports as the administration time is less, which makes the chemotherapy’s procedure shorter. The advantage of implanted ports is better 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. Also it helps in completion of chemotherapy cycles more easily.”

On the lessen trauma, he further added, “As frequent needle sticks and certain cancer medications can damage the peripheral veins in your arm, making access more difficult over the time, an 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 veins.”

 
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Date: Thursday , January 29, 2015
Publication: thisweekbangalore.com, Agency: Bureau
Edition: Bangalore, Page No: 0, Location: Internet, Size(sq.cms): 0