• I was given a choice between an arm or chest port for chemo. Any input /

    Asked by mbjoring on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    I was given a choice between an arm or chest port for chemo. Any input /

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • CAS1's Avatar

      In my personal opinion I said NO to the port because I felt it was a bad omen for me.

      over 5 years ago
    • still_fighting's Avatar

      Well I have a chest port and from the people I've spoken with who have an arm port I think I chose the right one. I just had my chest port replaced after 3/4 yrs and am doing great. It was so much better than taking my meds through my arms. The blood draws are still taken from my arms but all my meds go through my port. I will always have a port because of the type of leukemia I have so with that in mind I'd rather have the chest port. I hope this helps.

      over 5 years ago
    • healed123's Avatar

      I love my chest port. Not only is it convenient for chemo, but I also get my blood drawn from it. At firs it felt weird having it, but after awhile I got use to it. I hardly realize it's there unless I actually look at it.

      over 5 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I was not offered a choice - I had 2 chest ports. I must say,they beat the snot out of having your hands & arms poked constantly, and always being black & blue. Just ask your surgeon, if possible, to site it where it won't be rubbed constantly by your bra strap. My first one was rubbed constantly; the second was sited more to the center to avoid that problem. Also, my first port was a double - I have never gotten a good reason why that was necessary. I am a small boned woman, and my surgeon used a single port for the second one & it was much less trouble. Just a couple of things for you to ask about that may be helpful.

      over 5 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar

      My husband had a chest port where he received his chemo, they drew blood and gave him fluids. He never had a problem. My aunt had an arm port and she was not happy. Said it was uncomfortable. Hope this helps!

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      also posted on the other question....my port was in my upper arm on the inside....it was just fine...no problem with clothing or any activities....I think it was better than the chest would have been...but then again, I wasn't given a choice!!!!

      over 5 years ago
    • Cmurphy's Avatar

      My husband has had a chest port for over two years with no problems whatsoever with one exception- he wishes that it had been put on the other side of his chest as it interferes with hunting in the placement of his rifle. When it was placed, the prognosis was so dismal that it did not cross his mind that he would ever be hunting again. But he has. Be hopeful in deciding where the port should be and how it might impact your activities!!

      over 5 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I have a chest port on left side as right handed which I agree beats the heck out of needles in the arms for chemo and blood draws/scans. Though I am coming up on my next 3 month checkup and when I receive the All Clear from my Oncologist (thinking positive), I get to schedule surgery to remove it. My Onc likes to keep the port in till 1 yr of surgery or 6 months after chemo. I will not miss it that's for sure.

      over 5 years ago
    • pancrease54's Avatar

      No question in my mind. Go with the chest port, forget the arm port. That was my experience. And good luck! With the chest port you won't destroy your veins!

      over 5 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Chest is closer to the spot where they need to have the medication go in. The shorter the route the less chance of infection, kinking of the line, or problems. I was a port and PICC line nurse before cancer came. I had a port in my chest and I tell everyone to at least get the port. They will put it in the opposite side of your chest from the affected side. Additionally from my experience in accessing ports, the chest is least painful spot to do so and can be anchored better there. In the arm there is nothing to anchor the port to prevent it sliding or moving around or even flipping. Get the superport that you can still get xrays, CT scans, and MRIs. They are made of plastic.

      over 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I had no regrets having a chest port. I never thought I would miss it, but I sure do every time I am poked now! Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • ACLewis51's Avatar


      over 5 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more breast cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Breast Cancer page.