The Port

A Port is a small distribution point about the size of half a golf ball that is installed under the skin on a patients shoulder. Plastic tubing runs under the skin from the port to the arteries in the neck.
Use of the port avoids the need to install a catheter in the patiernts arm for each blood test or IV session.

A numbing ointment is provided that is applied to the port area about an hour before a chemotherapy appointment. The ointment completely dulls any discomfort associated with the removal of blood for testing from the port or the attachment of the chemotherapy IV lines.

The port remains in place during the months that a person is receiving chemotherapy treatment and is usually surgically removed when the port is no longer needed.