I know most melanoma patients don't receive chemo, which is the most common scenario for a chest port. But it's virtually impossible for the nurses to find my veins, and now that I've started an every-3-week infusion of PD1, we've decided that spending 30 minutes and many, many pokes is not worth it, and that a chest port shall be installed on August 7.
My question is, can the port be used for PET/CT and MRI contrast injections? Also, it seems surprising to me when people have mentioned using a "numbing cream" - does it hurt to have the port accessed?
Any other wise words would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance,
laura - stage IV with lots of brain and body mets.