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Topic: Fitness with a port: Any restrictions?

Forum: Working on Your Fitness —

Conversations about exercise, diet, and getting back in shape after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Posted on: May 24, 2020 04:40PM

Mariadll wrote:

I'm undergoing chemotherapy (ACx4, Tx12) and have a port placed in my chest. I can't find any definitive limitations on exercise with regard to port placement. I've seen everything from "no pushups" to "no restrictions..."

Does anyone have some definitive information/ data regarding exercise and port placement? Are there things I shouldn't do?

Surgery 8/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx 8/22/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 4/3/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/7/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Surgery Lumpectomy: Left
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May 24, 2020 05:04PM ElaineTherese wrote:

When I first got my port, my surgeon told me to wait a week or so before swimming. But, I've swam dozens of times with it since, and it's been fine. Keep an eye on your port; if the skin over it gets red and angry, it might be infected. Personally, I've had mine for almost six years now, and I've never had a problem with it. I also did AC X 4 and T X 12; its not a picnic, but it's doable. Good luck!

DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/23/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/17/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/17/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/17/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/25/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/9/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 24, 2020 05:09PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I have never looked for data on this, but I have had a port for over 8 years. Ports can be placed in different locations on your chest, or like mine, in the little hollow where my shoulder and upper chest meet (some even have it in their upper arm). I don’t recall any restrictions beyond the healing period and have never felt the need to restrict my movements or activities because of the port. It has been bumped a few times (wild play with grandchildren) but that just hurt for a minute and did no damage. All the best.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 24, 2020 09:43PM LaughingGull wrote:

I worked out with my port, mainly swimming and running. Started the day after the port placement surgery. After each chemo I waited till the next day to go to the pool. My oncologist encouraged exercise. Due to chemo, the intensity was of course much lower than before but I loved doing it and it kept me same. Best to you

ACx4, THPx4, HP (to complete 1y); Nerlynx (1y); AI (expected 10y), Surgery: BMX + ALND, Reconstruction, Oophorectomy. Radiation. Dx 10/26/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)

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