A port, or portacath, is an implantable medical device that is installed beneath your skin to provide access for infusion treatments such as chemotherapy
. A port consists of a durable chamber connected to a thin, flexible catheter (tube), which is inserted into a vein. The port may be surgically implanted in your upper chest or on the inside of your arm just below your elbow. A port will be almost invisible,
because it appears as a bump on your skin. The port's catheter line will run through your vein all the way to your superior vena cava
–- a large vein that delivers blood to your heart.
A port differs from a PICC line in that it is completely subcutaneoous -- protected from infection below your skin.
Also Known As: portacath, infusion port, chemotherapy port, medical port, subcutaneous port, implanted venous access system, central venous access device, CVAD
I had an infusion port implanted before starting chemotherapy, so the catheter line could protect my vein, and so my infusion nurses
could always find a good place to stick a needle. My portacath never got infected or developed a blood clot during 14 cycles of chemotherapy.