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When should a chemo port be removed?

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The time frame for removal of a chemo port varies from patient to patient. Generally, a port is removed when the cancer patient no longer needs it, a thrombosis occurs that isn't eradicated with anticoagulants, or an infection occurs, according to ASCA and MacMillan Cancer Support.

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Determining when a cancer patient no longer needs a port is decided by the patients oncologist and the patient, according to About.com. Standard practice in oncology is to wait a minimum of 2 to 3 months after cancer treatment to determine if the cancer has responded to treatment, according to the American Cancer Society. Patients are checked at regular intervals for further cancer development. Leaving the port in for a period of time after treatment allows the attending oncologist to use other treatments if cancer is unresponsive, progresses or recurs at a later date.

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