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5/13/13 3:56 P


The previous poster is correct. Your doctor is really the one who needs to tell you whether or not these exercises would be safe to do.

Sorry we're not more help!

Coach Jen

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5/13/13 3:22 P

I would strongly advise you to ask your doctor/oncologist. No one here at Sparkpeople is equipped to tell you what is or is not safe for your condition! If your doctor is unable to provide specific advice, ask for a referral to a physical therapist who can help answer your questions and even design a safe exercise program.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/13/2013 (17:11)

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5/13/13 2:40 P

I was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. I have had the chemo treatments, radiation, and surgery. The chemo treatments will continue as a preventative. The doctors warn me to be careful exercising due to dangers of lymph-edema, but they do not have a brochure of an approved exercise regimen; not even a list of guidelines. All they know is run the tests and prescribe the drugs. I am grateful to them since I am still alive; however, I wish more doctors took a broader view of our health.

I am not concerned about my weight. I want to get my stamina back. Prior to cancer, I had used the Spark People videos listed below. Would you consider these videos safe for cancer patients?

10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout

20-Minute Dumbbell Workout

20-Minute Resistance Band Workout

Many of the YMCA's in the US have a Live Strong program for cancer survivors. We live too far from any YMCA facility and the YMCA fees are too high for my budget, but it does look like a good program.

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