• 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 /

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Ask your doctor to show you exactly where the port would be located in each case. The positioning it to provide proximity to where the catheter at the other end terminates in a major artery. Most people have the port placement in their upper chest just below the color bonem which is where mine is located. Mine has never been a problem, but some people say it is right where the shoulder strap of a car seat belt goes and that is sometimes uncomfortable. On the other hand having it in your arm would depend on where in the arm. If on top, it might be more noticeable if that is a concern for you. If on the side or bottom, that could be inconvenient when getting dressed or certain positions and movements if it can rub in the armpit area or against your body.

      One other comment. The type of access system typically put in the arm is called a PICC line. While it is used for the same purpose as a port, the actual mechanism is quite different and it terminates externally rather than under the skin.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi, I had mine in chest... Can't say it really bugged me other than knowing it was there. I don't think I'd like it in my arm.... :)

      almost 7 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I didn't know of ports in the arm - I thought they used PICC lines there (but I may well be wrong.) If that is the case, I'd definitely go for the chest port, because it is totally under the skin, whereas a PICC line has to be protected when not in active use. Confirm exactly what your options are.

      almost 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had two ports in the chest, (one at a time) first one quit working, but I loved having it. I went through about 3 months of chemo without one, and my veins collapsed, couldn't stick them, they blew out, lots of trouble. For what I know about a pick line, I would rather have the port.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I've never heard of an arm port. My vote is is a chest port. Doing it in your chest helps to protect your veins. Seems like an arm port would do just as much damage as having the chemo fed through a regular vein...let us know what you decide.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I have mine on my right upper chest. Seat belts don't bug me when I drive because it's not on the left side. I don't think I'd like it on my arm because I would want my arms free to move.

      almost 7 years ago
    • INSBOB's Avatar

      my first oncologist told me i would need a port, i spoke to my surgeon and told him i have good veins, why do i need a port? well he told the oncologist no port. for what ever, never had a problem taking the kemo in my veins. worked for me

      almost 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I wasn't given a choice, but told it was going in my upper arm and this was an okay placement...it didn't interefere with activities or clothing......

      almost 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      chalk up another vote for chest port. One of the pluses it frees both your hands during treatment.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Brielle's Avatar

      Chest port gets my vote as well. It is on my left side, unnoticeable, painless and great to use during so many treatments. The person who invented my power port was a wonderful genius!

      almost 7 years ago

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