Are there portable chemo methods?
Are there certain types of chemo that are delivered by the patient carrying/using a "bag"?
Yes, the idea of portable chemo that is dispersed over multiple hours is becoming more widely used.This has been shown to be more effective and with less toxicity in clinical trials because it is more slowly introduced into the system. Instead of chemo administered in infusion rooms over 1-2 hours, this therapy can last up to 96 hours. Keep in mind, however, moving and sleeping with the bag can take some getting used to.
This therapy is administered intravenously (in the veins) and it is most often used with gastrointestinal cancers. Researchers are working to identify which methods of administration will be most effective for each individual. We will continue to see a variety of therapy administration based on cancer type and each patient’s medical condition.
Yes the porta cad is nice. I took my mom last week to the dr's office to have one put into her arm and it only took 15 mins. The only thing is that she can't get it wet due to the fact that it will get infected. You really have to take care of the site where they implanted (?) it. She has rectal cancer and she goes to the oncologist office every 2 weeks for the chemo infusion for 3 hours and b/f she leaves they administer the chemo through her porta cad for 48hrs. I take her back to have it taken off, I flush it with saline solution and heprin the week b/f she is due to go back for the next session of chemo so that she won't develop blood clots. So far so good.
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