Re: Exercising with Port
Hey Bev - I'm going to a physical therapist for help with adhesions and the scar tissue from my bi-lateral mast. I have several upper body stretching exercises I do along with pulling with the stretchy rubber cords. I also do 5 different arm exercises with 2 lb weights. No problems at all - in fact I feel much better when I do them. Also try to do at least a mile a day on a recumbent bike which, of course, doesn't afffect the port area at all. I did check with my onc doc before starting but he was very happy I was working with the physical therapist. She's a bc specialist and I was referred to her by my radiation onc. She did tell me if I had pain in the port area to stop the working out til I see her again. Good luck.
Joni -64 yrs old -
3/01/10: found lump in rt.breast
3/12/10: mammogram/ultrasnd/biopsy-invasive bc & DCIS; 2 tumors (2cm er-/pr-/HER2-& 1.8 cm er-/pr-/HER2+); grade 3;poorly differentiated
3/24/10:sent.node biopsy clear
3/31/10:bi-lateral mx.;atypical ductal hyperplasia-lft side
4/21/10:wound revision-infection/scarring 4/28/10:seromas both sides
5/21/10:port installed,TCH chemo (6 x 3 wks); Herc,-1yr; 33 rad tx after chemo
07/2010: port not working-2nd port didnt'work;3rd port opposite side.
07/2010: 2 weeks after 3rd port surgery, threw 3 pulm. emboli-IVC filter installed; warfarin
08/2010: hospitalizations w/3 of chemos; decision to stop after 4th-on to radiation in Oct 2010;Herc cont.
12/03/2010 - finished 33 rads Hooray!! cont. Herc. every 3 wks
4/2011 - pneumonia ??? Nope-radiation pneumonitis. No more Herc.
5/2011 - NED!!! port out.
8/2011 - clean PET & CT scans.Still NED
7/2012 - Still NED/very blessed.
2/2013 - 6 mos checkup-all clear. CA2729 down frm 13 to 11.