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Chemoport

A chemoport, also called a mediport or a portacath, is a small disc made of plastic or metal, about the size of a coin. It is used to deliver chemotherapy drug directly into the bloodstream. The port is surgically inserted into the skin. It is then connected to a major vein with the help of a thin tube called catheter and the chemotherapy dose is delivered intravenously. The drug is injected into the port through a special needle. This needle also helps in drawing blood when needed. The port is surgically removed when the patient goes through all the recommended chemotherapy cycles. Both the insertion and removal are short procedures undertaken in the OPD of a chemoport surgery hospital. A chemoport is a very convenient drug delivery mechanism. But it also carries risks of infection so it is important to discuss the pros and cons of chemoport surgery with the doctor beforehand.