exercises after chemo

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    Feb 04, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    any guy had to go through chemotherapy and decide to come back to exercises? how did you do? how long after and how are you doing now?
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 04, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    Don't know anything about it but Good Luck, man. You probably should consult with your doctor and get him to refer you to a physical therapist and nutritionist. Don't mess around with it if you've just done chemo.
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    Feb 05, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    At my surgeon's suggestion, after a 9 inch abdominal incision I was back at the gym doing smith squats two weeks afterwards when the staples were removed.

    But chemo? It didn't pay and I was fragile for years, tearing ligaments, falling down stairs, etc. I also had to wait until I was nearly in remission. Now I keep hitting new personal bests.
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    Feb 06, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    during treatment for a brain tumour I continued to workout however at significantly decreased capacity.

    You know that other side of the dumbbell rack were those little weights sit hopefully waiting to be picked up by a girl. Yeah I was having bitch fights over 5 kilos.

    Also cardio was making up the two flights of stairs at the gym without stopping.

    A pushup involved a wall.

    But generally I worked hardest of keeping my food down and staying awake for 30 minutes and used to time more to remind my self that no matter what I'll still do what I love to do even if I can't do it as much as I'd like too.

    But everyone is different. From the type of cancer to the type of treatment your going to receive you'll have to make judgement calls.

    However like Eagermuscle I was easily injured when it was all over and I tried to push my self before I should have, I strained my shoulders, legs, back, even my chest so many times I can't remember them all and it would take months to get over it and one injury I don't think I'll ever get passed that I did to my hip.

    So be incredibly careful, take it slow and use common sense and a hell of a lot of caution.
  • hebrewman

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    Feb 06, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    wishing you the best of luck. having read the thread, it's nice to see we are not unusual. i feel better knowing that. thanks guys. now, for you. what type of chemo did you have? port or pill? i had the pill and, for me, it was not the chemo that put me out, but the radiation and what it did to me. it took me 16 months before i felt like even remotely engaging in some form of organized exercise. my lower body was and still is, terribly affected by the radiation. muscle tissue mutated into fibroid tissue and the edema issues abound.
    range of motion severely affected. it was an army ranger i met on one of my flights in november that put me back on a path of exercise. i enrolled in a krav maga class in december (israeli marshal art/self defense) and my sparring partner has watched me go from nothing to almost something. i am also taking his TRX class twice a week to help with mobility. i like it, but i still suffer from fatigue. my oncology team has been no help at all. again, thank you johns hopkins for absolutely nothing.
    so, do some research. find a good fit. hell, even walking the tread mill at a low speed to get things moving is better than nothing. but, do not over tax yourself the first few sessions. if you can find a trainer that specializes in 'recovery issues', even better.
    please, keep us posted. we want to know how you are doing.
    aaron
  • LJay

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    Feb 06, 2014 1:40 AM GMT
    Everybody is different. Talk with your doctor about what you can do safely. If possible, get the doctor to send you to a physical therapist for some practical hints.
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    Feb 06, 2014 7:03 AM GMT
    LJay saidEverybody is different. Talk with your doctor about what you can do safely. If possible, get the doctor to send you to a physical therapist for some practical hints.


    You can try but every doctor I spoke to was pretty much a brick wall of the same advice.

    Rest, recover, don't push yourself to hard, stay out of the gym you need time to recover.

    4 years later they will still give me the same advice when I complain about problems breathing while out jogging or experiencing any sort of problem really.
  • musclpa

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    Feb 06, 2014 7:42 AM GMT
    If you are getting chemo you should be resting until you are in remission and the Dr. says it is Okay.
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    Feb 06, 2014 7:43 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    LJay saidEverybody is different. Talk with your doctor about what you can do safely. If possible, get the doctor to send you to a physical therapist for some practical hints.


    You can try but every doctor I spoke to was pretty much a brick wall of the same advice.

    Rest, recover, don't push yourself to hard, stay out of the gym you need time to recover.

    4 years later they will still give me the same advice when I complain about problems breathing while out jogging or experiencing any sort of problem really.


    Frustrating, isn't it? I am more than ten years out and the answer now is that I am pretty much my own limit. The doctors are now glad to see me do anything I can. I am a great one for coming back at the doctors and saying, "Well if I can't do x, what can I do?"
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    Feb 06, 2014 9:39 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    lilTanker saidduring treatment for a brain tumour...


    I could have sworn you told me you had thyroid cancer back in the day.

    Na. Pituitary gland. I got sooooooooo fat from it!!!
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    Feb 07, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
    thanks, guys!
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    Feb 07, 2014 3:20 AM GMT
    WOW! I didn't know some of you guys here had gone through that! My respect.

    I merely had prostate cancer, the treatment relatively easy if it's caught early enough. I simply had daily radiation, seed implants, and hormone therapy, but no chemo. Still free 2 years later.

    The hormone therapy was the worst: menopausal-like hot flashes & sweats, and it added to my ongoing weight gain, made me lose muscle mass. But nothing compared to chemo.

    I just keep trying to do a little more every day, but it's very slow at my age, and the weight is lingering. I recommend consulting with the oncologist, and getting referrals to other specialists as needed. Doing too much too soon can be worse than doing nothing at all, even harmful.
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    Feb 07, 2014 6:03 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThe second cancer I had was anal cancer. I


    I'm not saying this was you...so don't beat me down. But, perhaps you could give guys a lesson on the dangers of taking bareback dicks/giant plastic dildos that are rated WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. up the ass. Again...I'm not saying anything about you. Not to mention, seems everything these days causes cancer. Especially anything dealing with automobile/industrial parts, glue, rubber, etc.

    Of course, I'm aware I've lost 3 relatives to cancer, one who's funeral is this weekend.
  • frogman89

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    Feb 07, 2014 8:54 AM GMT
    I'm no expert in that matter but my intuition tells me, you should wait at least 6 weeks after your last cycle until you start working out again. And get your lab checked before, too. You should make sure your kidneys and blood cells can take the stress.
    I think MuchMoreThanMuscle gave you the most valuable advice: Consult your oncologist.