Nearly 12 months ago I had a Hickman line fitted for salvage chemo aimed at stem cell transplant. I discovered afterwards that I shouldn’t swim or even splash around in a swimming pool with my grandchildren nor do exercise which involved lifting my right arm above shoulder height.

I recently learned via another Living Tree member that if you have an implantable port – sometimes called portacath or subcutaneous port – then you can swim normally, which my clinical nurse specialist confirmed. So if this is important to you, you could ask if it’s possible to have a portocath instead.