For those who had chemo ports, how long did you have it installed? My oncologist says keeping it in up to 2 years would be acceptable as long as it was still functioning well. From what I am hearing, he will check it every 3 months and top it up with a little heperin (sp) as they used to do after each chemo. Second related question...I'm hearing that it only takes a few minutes to get the port removed. Is that true? Were you kept awake during the procedure? I asked to be knocked out when they installed the port. I think they told me that installing the port was a lot more complicated than removing it. Thanks for any feedback.