Results of lymphedema and exercise study?


Question from Charlie: I lost 20 lymph nodes during a modified radical mastectomy (male breast cancer, left breast) 8 years ago. In January I will resume an exercise program involving repetitive motion. How careful do I need to be, and what were the results of the lymphedema/exercise study?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. The results of the lymphedema/exercise study indicated that exercise, if anything, helps prevent lymphedema. If there are changes in your arm swelling or if you experience arm swelling as a result of exercise, I would tend to back off and seek appropriate medical care. But I think it is reasonable for you to pursue an exercise program, albeit with caution as is the case for anyone with or without a history of breast cancer.

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