Hey there Sinewave,
My husband had 6 cycles of Xelox last year. For the first one, he didn't have a port and got the Oxaliplatin directly infused into his left arm. It was pure torture, so he got a port implanted for the next 5, which made the process a lot less traumatic! Basically during the infusion his arm grew extremely painful (and he's not super sensitive to pain), and it remained so for several weeks afterwards. Based on his experience I'd say get a port!
Wife of Dx 04/2018 (51 yo). MSS, KRAS mutated G12A
No primary, lytic tumor L4 vertebrae, CEA 10
Resection small intestine 05/18 (activity on PET scan, no cancer found - Krohn's disease)
Xelox * 6, 05/2018 to 10/2018
6.7 cm hypermetabolic left adrenal mass 03/14/2019, 4.4 cm 05/21/2019
SBRT L4 02/2019
Folfiri + Avastin
CEA since 03/15: 58, 17, 10, 6.4, 5, 4.8, 4.2, 3.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.2, 3.7, 4.3
Scan 05/21: Multiple small lung nodules shrinking or stable compared to 03/14 scan.