Okay to do yoga after nodes removed?

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Question from JSD: I have had 25 lymph nodes removed and radiation to the area. I do yoga regularly (inversions supporting the body with arms and feet, push-ups, etc.). Is this something I should continue if I was doing it during treatment and after? Is it dangerous to continue this?
Answers - Kathryn Schmitz It's perfectly safe, keep going.
Nicole Stout And good for you for doing inversions.
Kathryn Schmitz In general, I think it is important to have women learn to increase the load on the affected limb GRADUALLY. That means that you do positions such as downward dog for a moment the first time, and then increase time over weeks/months, using the same approach with other inverted or upper body intensive poses.

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