My port is on my right side below my collarbone. I have not had any problems w/ it. I think in 5 years, there have been 2x that the nurses have had a problem getting it to work. I acutally forget that it is there. Like Jo-Ann, I don't plan to ever have mine removed. After my initial completion of treatments, my surgeon asked me if I wanted her to remove it. I said no as it didn't bother me. When I was rediagnosed, I was certainly glad that I still had it. I am wondering if what was in your mom's arm might be a stent. I don't think a port is put into the arm.
The reason I couldn't have bp or blood withdrawals, etc from my left arm is because the surgeons went into the lymph nodes and severed my nerves in my left arm. I had 13 lymph nodes removed and only one was cancerous. I asked my onc nurse about having a blood withdraw from my left arm, and she said no. Last time I go to that hospital. I allowed them to take my blood pressure from my left leg while in the hospital. They couldn't use my right arm between the port and blood clot.
I got the results of my bone scan this week. I have spots on my bones at the same area as the cancer in my liver and lungs. I am still told that the chemo now a days is so much better than it was a few years ago, and it is still curable. Anyone have any info??
Also, this week, I was sent to the hospital for a blood withdrawal. 7 -- count them 7 vials!! They are checking the coumadin levels among other things including lupus. Most of the tests refer to anti-coagulants. I'm hoping I don't have to learn about lupus! But I will worry about that if I have to. I think I'm getting tired of all this medical stuff!! Fortunately, the chemo is going good. Other than fatigue, I have only had one other side effect, and it was brief.
Hope all goes well with your father.