Living with a port
We conducted a questionnaire survey of patients with breast cancer who underwent implantation of a subcutaneous central venous port system for chemotherapy; we aimed to evaluate their satisfaction with the port and difficulties in daily life. Overall, 130 patients with breast cancer who underwent port implantation for chemotherapy between 2016 and 2018 responded to our survey. Although the overall satisfaction was high(78.5%), 82(63.1%)patients reported difficulties in daily life, such as”pain or discomfort,””irritation over the implanted area while wearing a seat belt,”and”unable to wear a bag across their bodies.”Some patients(10.8%)responded that these negative factors were associated with difficulties in carrying out social roles. The proportion of patients who understood the explanation provided before port implantation was 80.0%, and the satisfaction of these patients tended to be high(85.6%).
Hasegawa K, Takano Y, Takada M, Kudo A, Takamatsu Y, Kitano A, Watanabe O. . Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2021 Sep;48(9):1133-1137. Japanese. PMID: 34521791.