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Topic: Can you swim with a port?

Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After —

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Posted on: Feb 16, 2009 04:24PM

Binney4 wrote:

Hi, all,

I'm posting this question for AZDarleen (who can't type at the moment). She's doing a repeat of chemo for mets Frown, starting later this week. Neither she nor I had a port the first time around for chemo, so we're needing some port expertise. Specifically, she'd appreciate knowing if you can swim during chemo with a port in place? A bit of gentle water aerobics would be soooooo nice!Cool

Thanks!
Be well,
Binney, for AZDarleen

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Feb 16, 2009 04:47PM lovinmomma wrote:

The port is completely under the skin. I use the hot tub, shower,  they told me I coudl swim also!

Kimberly 45 yo fighter Dx 10/1/2008, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 26/26 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/2/2008 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 5/7/2009 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 5/12/2009 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/10/2011 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 9/24/2012 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 1/28/2013 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Feb 16, 2009 05:01PM AlwaysHope wrote:

Yup, you can even have  a mud fight if ya want.  its under the skin and sealed as Lovin stated.  Shower, swim, cover yourself in chocolate....:)

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Feb 16, 2009 08:18PM Binney4 wrote:

Thanks much! The chocolate idea sounds VERY promising! Laughing
Binney

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Feb 16, 2009 08:37PM Gil wrote:

Yes.  I did swim and also did water aerobics.  A port is the best thing I did for myself.

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Feb 17, 2009 08:07PM , edited Jul 6, 2010 10:07PM by Maire67

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Feb 17, 2009 08:10PM apple wrote:

it ;must be firmly 'seated'.

i'm a diver (springboard) and coach.. i was appalled when i got ;home from one of my first practices after surgery and realized i had a port and didn't think about it before all the activity.

talked to my surgeon and he said. it wasn't going anywhere.

peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+
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Feb 17, 2009 08:22PM GrammyNancy wrote:

Yep....even a little jello wrestling if the mood arises!

Dx 2/5/2007, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Feb 17, 2009 08:33PM AlwaysHope wrote:

who says chemobabes don't have fun?!  LOL

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Feb 17, 2009 08:38PM Jule wrote:

I swam with a port with no issues. My doc recommended that I did not swim during certain periods of time to reduce the possibility of getting an infection. Just a thought...

Julie Dx 4/23/2008, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/21/2015, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 18, 2009 11:46AM liz19 wrote:

hello ladies ;

i am getting my port out , have any of u ladies had yours out yet and if so ? how was it done? was there any problems and how long did it take? any info would be appreciated ,i am scared to get it out cause i had a bad time getting it put in!!!          

                 thanks , liz19 

Dx 4/7/2008, 4cm, Stage IIA, 0/2 nodes
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Feb 18, 2009 12:29PM Brenny wrote:

Binney -

   I wish.....however, I couldn't swim without a port.......ok just a little humor.

  Liz19 - are you done with chemo -- how far out did you wait before removal.  I am "guessing" it will be the same procedure used to put it in - I was in the twilight stage - they are going to have to reopen and remove.....oh yuck!

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Feb 18, 2009 12:39PM , edited Feb 18, 2009 01:04PM by LJ13

I couldn't swim before the port and getting it didn't help a bit.

OMG Brenny ... didn't see your comment  :D

Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
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Feb 18, 2009 02:05PM liz19 wrote:

i been finished with chemo since sept ,  08 ,  my oncologists said it was fine to have it removed anytime , so i will just take their advice and hope everything will be ok

                                                                                         liz19
 

Dx 4/7/2008, 4cm, Stage IIA, 0/2 nodes
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Feb 21, 2009 02:58PM maxgirl wrote:

I did laps with my port in -- no problems more than the general muscle ache the port gave me anyway.

Liz -- I had my port taken out under local anesthesia.  There was pressure, but no pain, and it was a great relief to have it out, 

Dx 1/10/2007, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 22, 2009 06:24PM liz19 wrote:

hello maxgirl,

thanks for the advice on local  anesthesia, did they put an iv on you also, i saw that your  diagnosis is triple neg. also , their no pill for us to take , seems sad but we just pray for it not to come back!!!

i am in north carolina on the coastal area, have a great week and i will let you know how things go on wed, for my port removal  :)

                                                                                 take care

                                                                                  liz19
 

Dx 4/7/2008, 4cm, Stage IIA, 0/2 nodes
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Feb 22, 2009 10:15PM hopefullady wrote:

I had my port out a about 3 weeks ago.  It was twilight sedation, just like when they put it in.  I was at the hospital for about 4 hours, but the procedure itself only took about 20 minutes.  I had no trouble, no problems, no pain.  Everyone was happy because now it's over.

Chris 

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Feb 23, 2009 10:01PM maxgirl wrote:

Liz -- No, because it was a local, I didn't have an IV during the removal. 

Yep, we've got the fun triple neg diagnosis.   I actually don't think about it every single day the way I did right after treatment.  Doesn't mean nothing will happen, but at least I'm less miserable unti/l if/when it does.  

Good luck on Wed -- I'll check back and see how you're doing. 

Dx 1/10/2007, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 2/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 27, 2009 12:38AM liz19 wrote:

Hello maxgirl

my port removal went great , but i am sore now it is swollen some , they said it will take about 2 weeks to heal up so i am trying to relax , and i am glad it is out, take care and thanks for all the good thoughts:)                                                    liz19 

Dx 4/7/2008, 4cm, Stage IIA, 0/2 nodes
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Feb 28, 2009 12:25PM hopefullady wrote:

Liz,

 I'm so glad your port removal went well.  Isn't it nice to have that over??

 Chris 

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Mar 1, 2009 08:27PM liz19 wrote:

Hey hopefullady,

yes, it is great for the port to be out!!!! i have been a little sore but the swelling is going down alot!!!

 thanks for all the good words and prayers,,,,, take care ladies

                                                                                  liz19
 

Dx 4/7/2008, 4cm, Stage IIA, 0/2 nodes