The ‘port’ in ComfPort derives from the name of the device implanted in the chest of many cancer patients. This port provides doctors and nurses with a central access point to deliver chemotherapy, medication, blood transfusions, IV fluids, and other medical tests while also saving the patient from enduring countless needle pokes in their veins. Despite these advantages, accessing the port can still cause some pain and discomfort for patients.
“The first time my port was accessed, I was immediately uncomfortable. We tried weaving the IV lines through different parts of my shirt, but it would still tug on the needle no matter what we did. I was in constant pain from the needle being pulled from side to side in my chest. In the end, I decided to take my shirt off completely, but that left a number of other issues. I instantly became cold, and had to cover up with several blankets, which also led to my IV lines being pulled. It was a cycle of pain and discomfort that many cancer patients with a port can tell you about in detail. Living with cancer was already uncomfortable enough and I knew that there had to be a better way. There was a problem that needed to be fixed - this is where the idea for the Port-T began."
- Connor Cosgrove
Our Port-T has gone through many changes over the years in our quest to develop the perfect shirt. We wanted something that was fashionable yet functional, that would fix an obvious problem for cancer patients while also enabling them to dress like they would outside of a hospital setting.
We tried several different pocket concepts, sizes, and placements before ultimately arriving at the product you see today. The pocket on our Port-T opens for easy treatment access, but most importantly, it opens the possibility of bringing cancer patients everywhere added comfort during an extremely uncomfortable time.