D Radheshyam Consultants Dept of Oncology Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India
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Modern day management of cancer patients very often requires administration of intravenous of combination chemotherapeutic agents. Peripheral venous access, may frequently become difficult necessitating reliable Central Venous access. This is a retrospective review of our experience with cancer patients who had completely implanted venous access ports. From 1991 to 1994 there were ten patients. The ports remained in situ for an average of 9 months. Two ports functioned for more than a year. Average of 6 chemotherapies were given through each port. Catheter performance in 50 percent of cases was excellent. The commonest complication was sepsis which required removal of two ports. Totally implantable ports are a relatively safe and reliable method of long term venous access in cancerr patients requiring chemotherapy.