What is a Portacath & Bone Marrow Biopsy?




A port (or portacath) is a thin, soft, plastic tube installed into a vein (beneath the skin) in your chest or arm. It is used to make the administration of chemotherapy and blood draws easier. It can also reduce the risk of specific chemo-caused side effects. There is higher blood flow through the central vein than through an IV in the arms or hands, reducing the risk of inflammation of a vein. The same day my port was inserted, a bone marrow biopsy was taken. 


Note: I did have a reaction to the adhesive on the clear tape, so if your neck begins to look like it's burning off, it could be that you're allergic to the tape. 


A bone marrow biopsy is the removal of soft tissue, called marrow, from inside bone. The doctor inserts the biopsy needle (long scary needle) into the bone. The center of the needle is removed, and the hollowed needle is moved deeper into the bone. This test is used to diagnose leukemia, infections, some types of anemia, and other blood disorders. It may also be used to help determine if cancer has spread or responded to treatment.