Cancer care at Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery

Patients recently diagnosed with cancer can feel scared and overwhelmed. Visit the specialists at San Antonio's Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery for surgical cancer treatment. Our hospital specializes in port placement so you can receive the treatment you need while having one less thing to worry about. Port placements are inserted with care by our board-certified team as part of your cancer treatment plan.

To learn more about port placements for cancer care treatment at Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery, please call (210) 575-5000.

How does port placement aid in cancer treatment?

Patients at the beginning of their cancer journey may have a port placed before receiving ongoing cancer care treatment like chemotherapy. A port is a device implanted beneath the skin with a catheter (tube) that connects to a central vein. This allows for easy access to a patient's veins and reduces the risk of infection. It also reduces the pain associated with repeated needle insertion into a vein and reduces the likelihood of radiation from chemotherapy to leak into the surrounding tissue. You may hear ports referred to as BardPort®, a Mediport® or a PowerPort®.

The port will appear as a small bump under the skin, where medical staff can insert fluids, medication or radiation therapy during cancer treatment. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is usually completed with local anesthesia. The ports do not need any extra maintenance and are able to be fully submerged in water without issue.

While a needle will still need to go through the skin, it will not need to be inserted past much tissue or into a vein, resulting in less irritation at the site of injection.

Arriving for a cancer port placement

Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery is located suite 100, inside Huebner Medical Center. Our admissions desk will check in patients before their scheduled appointments.

All appointments are scheduled by your physician's office and the hospital specialists. Preoperative and postoperative information is provided by your referring physician. Patients and visitors may park in the lot outside the hospital building.

Visitor information

Though port placements are a short outpatient procedure, visitors may accompany the patient who may need assistance getting home. Visitors planning to arrive before 5 a.m. and after 6 p.m. may use the ER entrance, as all other doors will be locked.

Visitors entering through the ER will see a phone with instructions to call the patient's attending nurses. Staff will then either meet the visitors and guide them to the patient's recovery room or bring the patient out for discharge.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

San Antonio's Methodist Hospital Ambulatory Surgery is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (210) 507-0941 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.

Oncology at Methodist Healthcare

Oncology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, medication or surgery. Oncologists can specialize in one of three fields of oncology: medical, radiation or surgery.

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