Port-a-cath (Port). A port-a-cath is inserted in your chest during a short outpatient surgery.

It is a small disc made of plastic or metal about the size of a quarter that sits just under the skin in the right side of the chest.

It is attached to a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) that is threaded into a large vein above the right side of the heart.

A port is used to give intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and other drugs.

It is also used for taking blood samples.

A port may stay in place for weeks, months or years and helps avoid the need for repeated needle sticks. 






















Click on the link below to watch me get my port accessed!


In this video the nurse tried to access me a few times and misses 


The nurse let me take my own blood, click to watch! 



A measure of the number of neutrophils in the blood. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell. They help the body fight infection. An ANC may be used to check for infection, inflammation, leukemia, and other conditions. The lower a person's ANC is, the higher the risk is of getting an infection. Having an ANC of less than 500 means there is a high risk of getting an infection. Cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, may reduce the ANC. Also called absolute neutrophil count.

Blood Count

a count of the number of cells in a given sample of blood. A measure of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood. The amount of hemoglobin (substance in the blood that carries oxygen) and the hematocrit (the amount of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells) are also measured. A blood cell count is used to help diagnose and monitor many conditions. Also called CBC, complete blood count, and full blood count.

Bone Marrow Aspirate

 A procedure in which a small sample of bone marrow is removed, usually from the hip bone, breastbone, or thigh bone. A small area of skin and the surface of the bone underneath are numbed with an anesthetic. Then, a special wide needle is pushed into the bone. A sample of liquid bone marrow is removed with a syringe attached to the needle. The bone marrow is sent to a laboratory to be looked at under a microscope. This procedure may be done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.


 treatment with drugs that kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is often used, either alone or with surgery and/or radiation, to treat cancer that has spread or come back (recurred), or when there is a strong chance that it could come back. Often called chemo.


white blood cells that fight bacteria infections. 


a decrease in the number of neutrophils (white blood cells that respond quickly to infection) in the blood. If a person has less than 1,500 cells/mm3 neutrophils, he or she is considered to be neutropenic and at risk for infection. With fewer than 500 cells/mm3 the risk of infection is very high and gets higher the longer the neutropenia lasts.


a type of blood cell that helps stop bleeding by plugging up holes in blood vessels after an injury. Chemotherapy can cause a drop in the platelet count, a condition called thrombocytopenia that carries a risk of excessive bleeding.

Spinal tap also known as lumbar puncture 

procedure in which a thin needle is placed between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) and into the spinal canal to withdraw a small amount of spinal fluid or to give medicine into the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) through the spinal fluid. 

Source: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/glossary