The Port Access Advantage Oncology Education Program provides you all of the materials you need to educate your patients on the advantages and use of implanted ports. An implanted port allows the doctor or nurse to deliver medications and fluids or withdraw blood samples without having to stick your veins directly with a needle.
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A Brieg introduction to Ports
What is a port?
A port is a small device with a hollow space inside that is sealed
by a soft top. The port is connected to a small flexible tube
called a catheter.

There are different kinds of ports. Your doctor will select the one that is designed for your treatment.

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Where is the port placed?
In a short procedure, the port is implanted, which means it is placed completely beneath your skin, and the catheter is inserted inside a blood vessel.

Ports are usually implanted on the upper chest. The doctor will locate yours where it is best suited for your treatment.

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just below the surface of your skin and into the port so that medications and fluids can be given, and blood samples withdrawn.

Animation of how implanted ports work

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What are the advantages of a port?
A port allows the doctor or nurse to deliver medications and fluids or withdraw blood samples without having to stick your arm veins directly with a needle. The port makes these procedures more comfortable for you, especially if your treatment requires frequent access to the bloodstream for medication delivery or blood withdrawal.

You will not have to take any special care of your port.
 
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