Can port-a-caths limit exercise?

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Question from Ruta319: Do port-a-caths in any way limit the type/amount of exercise that one can do?
Answers - Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. A port-a-cath is a plastic tube that the surgeon inserts into a woman's large vein so she can receive chemotherapy on an ongoing basis.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. If you have a catheter that sticks out of your skin, you shouldn't swim.
Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. We also recommend that you not do upper body exercise in the area where you have the port-a-cath. Avoid strength training that would use the chest muscles.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. If you have the type of "port" that lies beneath the skin's surface, swimming is not a problem. But you may want to limit any exercise that causes stress on that region.

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