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Topic: Anyone exercising during chemo?

Forum: Fitness and Getting Back in Shape — Conversations about exercise, diet, and getting back in shape after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2018 12:09AM

Mrsayala24 wrote:

Hello all!

I’m going through my second round of chemo. I’m on day 11. I have always been an active person. I exercised bed for chemo and have continued to exercise through chemo (not as hard or long). Anyone else exercising during treatment and has it helped you with side effects?

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Oct 29, 2018 12:45AM santabarbarian wrote:

I am exercising as much as I can, and I believe it is helping me. Chemo week I am lucky to get a short walk. But the other 2 weeks I am doing pilates twice, and two hikes. It is definitely helping me mentally. I am on day 14 today and yesterday and today I did my pre cancer normal weekend exercise, One hill hike and one with lots of stairs. Of course, now I rest a lot (triple my old resting) but I do manage the whole hike.

I had a consult w an integrative medicine cancer treatment doctor. He prescribed interval training -18 min routine. He said its very important for your body to get the message it is being used and must keept itself strong including heart. Lower recurrence rates among exercisers. Sweet spot is 3+ hrs per week.

Also, a fasting-mimicking diet beginning 2 days before chemo is helping me w chemo side effects. Look on August Chemo thread -- I posted a lot about it there. Cheers!

pCR after neoadjuvant chemo Dx 7/13/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/13/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/27/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/11/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 29, 2018 01:03AM - edited Oct 31, 2018 04:38PM by WC3

By the end of my first two infusions I was able to manage a much slower version of my 2.5 mile walk but I developed low platelets and anemia after my third infusion and had to stop with that. I did walk to the local shops when I was able to though. I had a lot of muscle burning and actually lost a lot of muscle mass during chemo though but I am a "Jerry's Kid" so that might have something to do with it.

Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Chemotherapy 5/31/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Oct 29, 2018 01:24AM Castigame wrote:

I was 47 during chemo. I had 8 dose dense chemos. the only exercise or movement for 3 days after each chemo was going to bathroom and using a short and steep stairs in my townhome. however day 4 thru day 14, I walked as much as possible. about an hr every day. yes daily walk helped me to get thru those chemos. and one more thing sleep is your best friend. I used to sleep 20 hrs during those 3 days and probably 15 hrs till next chemo came and repeat.

prayers for minimal side effects.

Mimi Dx 1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes Dx 1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/21/2017 Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/30/2017
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Oct 29, 2018 01:27AM JaBoo wrote:

I was not doing real exercise, meaning nothing organized or gym.

During AC (dose dense - so every 2 weeks) , I was lying low for 2-3 days after treatment. Otherwise, I was walking. Around 10000-15000 steps a day. I went for a walk on most days - in forrest terrain with hills. It did wonders. Wild trees are my antidepressants and in combination with movent - it really helped.

Now during Taxol, I must restrict the walking drastically due to burning feet. I feel worse in general, my back is hurting from the lack of movement. I don't get anywhere near the recommended 3 hours of weekly exercise.

dx at 38 Dx 5/22/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 6/14/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 6/19/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 7/15/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy 9/12/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2019 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 1/21/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 29, 2018 04:20AM AllyBee wrote:

My first time through chemo I didn't exercise much at all, especially during AC. Once I moved on to paclitaxol I started going back to the gym, but only a bit of cycling. Everyone just told me to take it easy.

I started interval/crossfit style workouts after I'd finished treatment. I've recently been diagnosed metastatic and have made a real effort to keep up my workouts. I manage 3-4 times per week depending on appointments and my pace is much slower.

I definitely think it helps with fatigue and my mental state. I like to feel like I can control some part of my health. Hasn't done anything to help with the weight gain but my diet is pretty crappy.

Dx 11/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, metastasized to brain/other, Grade 3, 2/13 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/21/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Dx 6/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to brain/other, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/3/2018 Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 29, 2018 10:16PM Mrsayala24 wrote:

Thank you for sharing your stories! I think we are all trying to do the best we can.


Santabarbarian what do you mean about fasting-mimicking diet?

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Oct 29, 2018 11:17PM illimae wrote:

I was pretty active but I did reduce my step goal during chemo from 10,000 to 8,000 and exceeded it most days. I also did my 1st 5k a couple months in and was fortunate to have never had fatigue. I highly recommend daily walks 😀

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 29, 2018 11:31PM CaliKelly wrote:

Awesome illimae! Keep it up! Personally I would have gone nuts if I didn't keep up my gym routine through out my treatments! I'm a former fitness trainer, have done some form of exercise almost everyday since my teens. During chemo I didn't workout the first 3 to 4 days after infusion, just walks at the beach. But after that back at the gym even though often just to visit my machines and weights😉 , by then 2nd week, felt good enough to do my workouts just less weights and very low intensity. Helped me stay sane! First question after every surgery was"when can I work out?""what do you mean by take it easy?"Do be careful of germs though! Lots of sanitizer!

Dx 6/17/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 8/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 8/11/2015 TAC Surgery 1/20/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/29/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 11/3/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine) Surgery 10/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 1/30/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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