This evening my husband asked when his xcela power port that was placed for his four rounds of adjuvant chemo was going to be removed. We had this conversation a few weeks ago and agreed to wait at least until the next follow up scan. Usually when dementia symptoms are more prominent he will bring up a subject in a way that usually means something has changed. So I gingerly posed some questions and he said that he has been experiencing a dull pain when he washes the area in the shower. He also said that the pain on pressure from day one. Well I have learned not take to things he says at face value and am concerned that something might be brewing. I plan to call onc tomorrow but would like to know if it is common to feel a dull pain when pressing in the area or on the port?
Just to add insult to injury, I read the port literature a few minutes ago and it states that port should be flushed every four weeks. I thought it was 6-8 weeks. Well it's been almost 8 weeks without a flush. I did find cancergrace archive posts stating that not flushing can result in developing a clog and unlikely an infection due to it being underneath the skin. Is this still current thinking?
Thanking you in advance for any info.