So I thought it was important to talk about the differences between a CVL and a port. When I was receiving treatment, I had a CVL, or a central venous line. I had a CVL instead of a port because my chemo meds were corrosive. a CVL, its basically a tube going from your heart that comes out of the center of your chest. Mine had two imput tubes going from the central tube. This made it a lot easier to receive chemo and different medicines because they didnt have to give me an IV every time. However, it does require a lot of maintenance Since it is an open wound, dressings are placed over the site to decrease the risk of infection. :This dressing needs to be changed 2-3 times a week, and you cannot go swimming or get the site wet. It is difficult, but you get used to it after a while. I just got used to taking baths instead of showers.
A port is different in the sense that it is near the clavicle bone (from what I have seen) and it requires a prick each time a medicine is given. I don't know as much about ports because I did not have one, but I know that you can swim with a port because it is under the skin, while you cannot with a CVL because it is open.
If anyone has a port, what is it like? Thanks!