Re: Chemo Port
There are different kinds of port. The one husband had was into the main artery in his elbow. It sounds grusome but it went all way up his arm, under shoulder and stops between collar bone and heart. A radiologist puts it in using some kind of xray machine that guides it in. Husband was fully conscious, had some cream to numb his elbow and in it went..... not a single drop of blood. The end of the port sticks out at elbow and is a tiny flexible tube with a valve and bung on it to which they attach the chemo pump. Husband had to rest up for a couple of hours and keep a heated pad on his arm and after that he was fine. A bit fiddley at shower time but he managed with a plastic bag and 2 rubber bands. The nurses cleaned it up when his pump was changed every week. The first port (PICC line) was in for 3 months and the second was in for 6 months.
The marker thing you mentioned is for positioning of the machine that zapps him. They need to place marks so that the machine is aligned to the correct angle. Husband had three tiny dots tattooed onto him and you have the look really hard to see them, they look like freckles. They will probably do some scans so that he is calibrated to their machine. This takes about 10 mins or so but after that each treatment for husband only lasted a few minutes.
There are some do's and dont's for radiotherapy and chemo in terms of nutrition, medications to help with diearhea and so on and also what soaps/shampoos to avoid. Please ask the nurses as they are a great source of info.