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Posted on: Jan 30, 2008 11:27AM

mom07 wrote:

What is the difference between a pic line in your arm verus a port inserted into your chest. Why would one method be chosen over another?

Dx 9/25/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 30, 2008 05:19PM snowyday wrote:

If you look on page 6 there is an ongoing discussion about this very topic, it will give you the answers.pearl49

PN Dx 5/24/2007, ILC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jan 30, 2008 07:11PM kissta wrote:

I asked my Dr the very same thing. He told me a pic line is not made for long term use, and has a higher chance of getting infected.

I receive my port yesterday. It is completely covered under my skin and needs less care. I can shower with ease, it only has to be flushed every 4 weeks, and the onc office will take care of that for me.

The pic line is not as easy to conceal either. But talk to your Dr. if your only getting a few treatments then it could be a good choice for you.


God has a greater plan for us in the future then we have ever seen or dreamed of in the past. Dx 12/11/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-