A few words about my husband's experience with a port. The first one, which was implanted on his right side, always "bugged" him. He could feel it. It wasn't painful, but annoying, like a slight ache that doesn't ever go away. When he finished his 6 adjuvant cycles of XELOX last Fall, he had it removed (we were optimistic!). Unfortunately his cancer spread, so he got a new port implanted... This time on his left side. Not sure what was different with the surgery, but he doesn't feel this one at all. Good thing as he's likely going to keep it for a while...
That said, he would still take an "annoying port" over direct vein infusion, because of his strong reaction to that procedure.
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, but no cancer found)
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 58 03/15, 17 03/29, 10 04/12, 6.4 04/26, 5 05/10, 4.8 05/23, 4.2 06/07, 3.6 06/21, 3.2 07/07
Scan 05/21: Multiple small lung nodules shrinking or stable compared to 03/14 scan.