Hi Michelle! My surgeon put my port in the same time that she did the mastectomy. It is on the right side of my chest, about 2 in below my collarbone. I can't see it. In fact, I forget that I even have it. Before my recurrance, I would be taking a shower and freak because I thought I had found a lump and then realize that it was my port! I was on a blood thinner for awhile. Cummadin. I really didn't have any problems with it. I quit taking it after a year and I haven't had any problems. My surgeon said that I could have my port removed after my year out of treatment but I decided to keep it. I liked not having to have blood drawn from my veins.
I have had no problems with the herceptin. I have a mugga test every 3 mos, along with a pet scan. All have been fine. I am sure that your onco will do this with you also, or a test similar. Discuss it with him. It is such an easy chemo to take. My dose takes about 30 mins each week. I just started on the hercpetin in Nov, 2003. There are women that take the herceptin and rad at the same time. I didn't take any chemo when I had rads. In fact, I had a month off between chemo and rad. I am on Navelbean along with the herceptin. I had a month off from the Navelbean and just took the herceptin. I felt great. No side effects. Once I started the Navelbean I had the muscle spasms and fatigue. So, if you take herceptin, I don't think that you will find many problems.
Let me know if you have any more questions.