Hello. Perhaps this is not news to some of you but I just discovered that there is a cream you can put on your port or a venous site that numbs the area and makes access or venipunctue TOTALLY PAINLESS!!! It is called EMLA. You put the cream on the area and cover the area with plastic wrap about 1-2 hours before treatment. The cream numbs the area and makes access completely painless. It is expensive-about $42 per tube but has recently been produced generically about $12-$15 (my insurance covered the cost). I was amazed that the nurses and doctors at NYU were not aware of this product. You will need a prescription. Please educate your doctor if he/she does not already know about it. Make sure you are not allergic to lidocaine. Love and prayers to all of you!