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    Question strength training during chemotherapy

    Hi everyone! I am desperately looking for some guidance about how to train while undergoing chemo. I am a 43 year old woman, was lifting, running, and feeling great. Found a lump and life changed quickly. I recently had a lumpectomy, and had 12 lymph nodes removed. I must be careful to avoid lymphedema in my left arm, and I have to ease back into training. I will begin chemo December 21st, and want to work out through my treatment as this is will give me something to focus on and hopefully help keep my energy level up. If anyone has any wisdom, advice or personal experience on how to best proceed it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Maybe you should contact the folks at Livestrong. here's a link
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    Originally Posted by huzcat View Post
    Hi everyone! I am desperately looking for some guidance about how to train while undergoing chemo. I am a 43 year old woman, was lifting, running, and feeling great. Found a lump and life changed quickly. I recently had a lumpectomy, and had 12 lymph nodes removed. I must be careful to avoid lymphedema in my left arm, and I have to ease back into training. I will begin chemo December 21st, and want to work out through my treatment as this is will give me something to focus on and hopefully help keep my energy level up. If anyone has any wisdom, advice or personal experience on how to best proceed it would be greatly appreciated.

    God bless you huzcat. I hope and pray that your treatment is successful.

    I've never had chemotherapy, but my mother has and my oldest sister is going through it now. My sister is strong, but it's taken most of strength to fight the affects of chemotheraphy. After each session, she's nauseated and weak because she can't keep anything on her stomach. After a week or so, she's better and is able to do daily chores, etc.

    Everyone is different and good for you for wanting to train during this difficult time. I say play it by ear and do what you can, when you can.

    May you find peace during this time.

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    I hope your sister's treatments are successful. I hear everyone reacts a bit differently, although fatigue seems to be common to everyone. My docs are great, but I don't think they understand what I want to do. I don't think I will be able to lift to gain muscle so much as try to maintain my current state somewhat. Just going to try to do some dumbbell work at home if I cannot get to the gym, it's better than nothing. If I can maintain a decent body fat percentage during this I will be happy with that. It's just temporary I suppose...
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    Also check with the Susan G. Komen association for advice. I would recommend waiting to do anything for at least 12 weeks post op. Also, find a Medical Exercise Specialist to help determine proper training as personal trainers do not have the medical training for this type of surgery.

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    Originally Posted by huzcat View Post
    I hope your sister's treatments are successful. I hear everyone reacts a bit differently, although fatigue seems to be common to everyone. My docs are great, but I don't think they understand what I want to do. I don't think I will be able to lift to gain muscle so much as try to maintain my current state somewhat. Just going to try to do some dumbbell work at home if I cannot get to the gym, it's better than nothing. If I can maintain a decent body fat percentage during this I will be happy with that. It's just temporary I suppose...

    I have done chemo as well as radiation treatments... The last thing that u need to worry about is your bodyfat levels. I felt like my body was self digesting at times during chemo, as I found it nearly impossible to keep food down. the same applied for radiation, but I was treating stomach cancer, so its not applicabel here.

    In your situation, I would stick with light cardio (increased oxygen levels as well as beneficial blood circulation will be very good for you) and perhaps a circuit of bodyweight exercises, simply to maintain some level of tonus in ur muscles.

    I hope that these treatments are successful and as painless as possible! Be strong!
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    take care and only do what feels ok at the time for you. Others advice is better than any I can give but prayers for you that it all goes as well as it can and you get better
    shh, there may just be a bit of muscle starting to show under the fat:D
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    me too

    Originally Posted by huzcat View Post
    Hi everyone! I am desperately looking for some guidance about how to train while undergoing chemo. I am a 43 year old woman, was lifting, running, and feeling great. Found a lump and life changed quickly. I recently had a lumpectomy, and had 12 lymph nodes removed. I must be careful to avoid lymphedema in my left arm, and I have to ease back into training. I will begin chemo December 21st, and want to work out through my treatment as this is will give me something to focus on and hopefully help keep my energy level up. If anyone has any wisdom, advice or personal experience on how to best proceed it would be greatly appreciated.
    good afternoon,,i too have startyed chemo yesterday,,had a liver resction 01/26/11 ,,feeling like poop today,,lucky im on vaca this week,,have one chemo down 8 to go,,trying to keep super hydrated and keeping my protien intake up,,read an article about adding glutamine to aid in a catabolic state,,please let me know how u made out and r making out,,god bless
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