I may be starting Chemo in a couple of weeks? Meeting with MO after latest PSMA PET Scan, showing probable Apalutamide/Lupron failure. After a 3 month rise from 0.1 to 0.6, he ordered a scan & hinted at Chemo next. Found resolution of old mets. but some new ones.
At any rate, although I am 74, I run/jog at least 5 times/week & lift weights at least 3 times per week. Will Port placement limit these activities partially or entirely, especially weights?
Thanks for any feedback!
My port placement hasn't affected my activity level, and I walk, cycle, ski, and lift weights. The device sits on a rib (so it has a firm foundation when the needle is inserted) and the tube runs over my clavicle and then enters the jugular vein. When I had the procedure done they said that surgeons tend to want to use the subclavian vein but they thought it was more risky since you have to blindly stab it while the jugular vein is visible during the procedure.
Very informative! My wife, a retired Hospital Dietitian, says she thought they have some kind of infrared device to locate the veins? Did they use anything like that?
Thanks for the quick replay!
They used ultrasound to guide the tube down the jugular vein until it meets the vena cava below the heart. They might have confirmed with an x-ray, I don't remember. They were a bit startled that I do shoulder presses, that's probably the only thing to be careful not to overdo.