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Topic: Build up cardio before surgery?

Forum: Working on Your Fitness —

Conversations about exercise, diet, and getting back in shape after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2019 12:05PM

deweygirl19 wrote:

I’m a month out from surgery, just diagnosed, and wondering if I should be building up my cardio and muscles before all this treatment starts. I’m not terribly active right now but I have at least 4-5 weeks to work on it. Maybe it will make things easier lstee

Dx at 42 Dx 8/9/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/30/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 12/15/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 28, 2019 01:11PM FarAwayToo wrote:

Yes, for sure. I had chemo first, and exercised a lot (except on some days when I felt really crappy). It also had a positive impact on my mental state. I had pretty easy recovery from BMX, perhaps, because I tried to be active and eat well while on chemo. Unfortunately, my reconstruction (implant under pectoral muscle) made me very weak in upper body. I'm still struggling to regain the strength, 1.5 years later.

But I'm so much better at running, hiking and other cardio activities than I was pre cancer.

Dx 8/31/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/15/2017, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/29/2017 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 2/27/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 2/28/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2018 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 8/20/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant

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