Exercising With Breast Cancer

Receiving the news that you have breast cancer can be absolutely devastating. Cancer is terrifying. The wicked disease can have an effect on all walks of your life. For some cancer patients, the hardest part to overcome is breaking your everyday routine. This is especially hard if you are athletic and love to run and exercise.

When you are first diagnosed with breast cancer, it can be a shock to your loved ones and you. But a cancer diagnosis does not mean your life has to come to a halt. Yes, naturally, the disease will cause a slow down, but cancer patients are often encouraged to continue their normal life as long as they can.

Case Study: Exercising with Breast Cancer

Medicine & Science in Sports & Excercise performed a 32-month study on an elite female athlete. The woman was in stage III of breast cancer. The results of the study were interesting. The woman was able to train and only saw a substantial decrease in performance during chemotherapy.

After the treatment was over, the woman was able to return to her pre-treatment fitness level. Although, it did not happen overnight. The athlete basically had to rebuild her muscle mass starting from the beginning.

Recommended Exercises

There is no specific workout routine that you should follow. The suggested exercises are focused on aerobics and resistance training. You can perform these exercises independently or in combination.

When you are exercising, it is important that you do not overexert yourself. Keep in mind, even if you feel great, you are still sick and receiving treatment. This will naturally weaken your body.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

Different stages and treatments will affect your body in different ways. That being said, you may need to adjust your routine depending on how you feel. If you exercised regularly before your diagnosis, you may see a slow decline. If you did not exercise before your diagnosis, start out with a very low intensity workout.

Whether you are a just starting out or an expert exerciser, it is recommended that you bring in a professional to create a workout routine for you. After the routine is created, consult with your physician. Your physician will want to review the plan to ensure that it is not overly strenuous.

As you are exercising, remember to always check your vitals. It is important to keep track of things like:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Weight
  • Temperature
  • Other vitals your physician recommends

If you ever feel nauseous, tired, dizzy, pain in your chest or body, or any other abnormal side effect, STOP exercising. Your safety is the most important thing. Remember that your body has already been weakened and pushing it passed its max can lead to bigger problems.