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What is a port placement procedure in breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer chemotherapy is usually administered intravenously (through the vein) or orally (in the form of pills). So you don’t have to endure all of the poking and prodding of needles, your care team may recommend a central port placement procedure.

In this minor, 30-45 minute procedure, your doctor surgically implants a vascular access device (VAD), or port, into a blood vessel in the chest. Through the port, intravenous fluids and drugs may be given, or blood samples may be obtained. This helps to preserve your vein tissue from multiple needle pricks.

By providing a less intrusive way to administer chemotherapy, ports can help to improve your quality of life during breast cancer treatment.

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