Scuba diving safe while undergoing radiation?

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Question from Flo: Can I scuba dive when I am undergoing radiation? My friends will help me lift my gear, and I feel I have the energy.
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Radiation should not interfere with your ability to go scuba diving as long as your skin is intact. If your skin is very irritated or if there are any open regions, swimming is probably not a great idea. Scuba diving requires careful instruction. Before I would do that exciting sport, I would make sure you have careful instruction and not just casual instruction from friends.
Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. Many times beginners scuba dive in a pool and quite often it's recommended that people undergoing radiation therapy not have chlorine exposure to the skin. So get your training either in fresh water or salt water. The chlorine really dries out the skin and it can make the radiation reaction worse.

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