Ports for Chemotherapy

For long-term or frequent chemotherapy, the surgeons and staff at Sentara Vascular Specialists are here to support your needs. We specialize in the implantation of a port access device and the insertion of a catheter. Our team of expert surgeons will insert the port device and provide you with appropriate care and cleaning instructions.

A port for chemotherapy is a type of vascular access device. The port is a small round disc that is placed under the skin of your arm or chest. Part of the port implantation is the feeding of a catheter into a vein in your arm or chest. The port acts as the opening to this catheter to allow medication to flow into your body. The opening allows a doctor or nurse to insert a needle into the catheter that is inside your body. The catheter lets the chemotherapy medications flow into your circulation system. The device may also be used to take blood.

A port and catheter are recommended if you need more than one medication at a time, if you're going to have frequent treatments, or if your chemotherapy is going to be long term. A port reduces discomfort, decreases trauma and irritation to your skin, vein, and muscles, and helps prevent infections. The procedure is an outpatient procedure and typically takes about an hour. You can usually resume light activity following the procedure and most people resume normal activity after a couple of days.

For more information about the implantation of port devices, please call 757-470-5570.


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