Yay! A Port! You're gonna LOVE that! The beautiful veins on your arms will stay that way, no matter WHAT noxious stuff you choose to bring in to your body. Are you going for a power-port, that they can also use for CT scans?
For me, as a cancer patient, pain management changed over time, and is changing again.
First thing is that any doctor working with a cancer patient should understand pain and work with that most of all.
Here, our problem is COMMUNICATING the pain.
Your surgeon wasn't too concerned about the pain but YOU were? It seems that you also had a communication issue.
My husband constantly complains: "You LOOK so healthy and you SEEM so 'up'. People can't tell that you're really sick when, in fact, you ARE."
Thankfully, I bring him to major Doctor visits. He gives the details of my "Down" times, because I'm just too "up" to guide anyone into a downside, which is really where I need help.
We all hope that your chemo goes well.
We would LOVE to hear from you, but OK if you're too tired. . .