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Question from Carol: Before several of my lymph nodes were removed due to breast cancer, I used to ride a stationary bike for exercise. Can I still ride it now or will it be too much exercise for my surgical arm?
Answers - Kathryn Schmitz The answer is you should absolutely ride your stationary bicycle, and it will not be too much for your affected arm. In fact, I would submit, and I hope that Jennifer and Nicole will agree with me – if it's controversial I suppose they'll tell me – that the risk of inactivity poses greater long-term health risks than the risks of being active. I think that there is evidence that weight gain and obesity are associated with worsening of lymphedema. And there is evidence that exercise is effective in avoiding weight gain. Therefore, aerobic exercise in particular may be quite useful in risk management and attenuating worsening of lymphedema.
Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. I think it's fair to say we all agree 100%.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Preventing and Treating Arm Lymphedema featured Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.M.,Nicole Stout, M.P.T. C.L.T.-L.A.N.A., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.S.C. answering your questions about ways to prevent and manage lymphedema.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2008.

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