Restrictions With A Port

Last Modified: April 23, 2010

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

Can I run with the port in my chest? I ran 2 Marathons last year and I was a very active runner until I was diagonosed with stage 3c colon cancer. I have only had one Chemo session so far.

Answer

Carolyn Vachani RN, MSN, AOCN, OncoLink's Nurse Educator, responds:

I see no reason why you cannot run with the port. My only concern would be running while it is accessed for infusion- only because I would worry that the needle could come out of the port and then the chemo would accumulate under the skin- so maybe take the day off if you have home infusion. Good for you for keeping up your activity!

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