Sporting activities affected after surgery?


Question from Irene P: I have recently had a breast removed. Luckily, it all happened so fast that I didn't have time to really think about it. But, now, as I recover, I am worried I won't be able to do all the wonderful sporting activities I was doing before. I am 37, and I have always lived for my sport.
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I don't know of any significant limitations concerning sporting activities after having a mastectomy. Sometimes, if you have had your lymph nodes removed under the arm, there may be some limitation in arm motion or precautions you must take to reduce the risk of swelling in the arm. There are many women who resume very physically active lives after breast cancer surgery without any difficulty.

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