A 47-year-old member asked:
can i get radiation therapy for breast cancer if i have a port-a-cath in place?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Devon Webster answered
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: You can have radiation therapy with a portacath if it is not in the radiation "field" (the area where radiation will be given.) usually portacaths are placed on the side opposite the breast cancer. If yours is on the side where you will receive radiation, the port site under your skin might need to be moved. Ask your radiation oncologist.
Answered on Sep 9, 2014
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar answered
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes: The mediport is used for chemotherapy and the patient may also need radiation. It should have been placed on the opposite side to not interfere with radiation. If not it can always be moved or removed.
Answered on Dec 23, 2016
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