Years ago I had a woman come in who had been given the green light to exercise after suffering from cancer. I told her we would start slowly and that eventually the workouts would be hard. She told me, “John, I survived cancer. I can do your workout.” Boy was she right. She got dramatically stronger in no time. A client such as her, who starts from a weakened state, will have more upside potential for improvement.
Several years ago I was discussing with a cancer survivor the possibility of her starting an exercise program. I told her it might be difficult. She replied, “John, I survived cancer; I can do your workout.” Boy was she right. She responded very well to exercise. All the cancer patients we worked with have responded positively to exercise - everyone, but some cancer survivors were often discouraged from exercising. A quote from this New York Times article,Balancing Painful Swelling With a Desire to Exercise:
“FOR almost 20 years, the prevailing wisdom among most doctors has been that breast cancer survivors at risk of contracting lymphedema — a debilitating, irreversible swelling of one or both arms — should avoid most upper-body exercise or lifting anything heavier than five pounds. For many women, the stern warnings meant they could not shop for groceries or even carry their children. Running and walking were safe, but anything that taxed the arms was considered dangerous. ”
Stan is 71 years old and has cancer. He was slated to undergo 70 straight days of radiation treatment along with estrogen therapy. He was told by his doctor that he would lose strength if he didn't exercise, and that the strength loss would likely be permanent.
Stan began strength training. Stan's recovery abilities were already compromised from the trauma of the radiation. Strength training produces a stimulus. That stimulus is trauma to the muscles and to the entire system. As a result of the exercise, the body as a way of achieving self-preservation, makes a positive adaptation by becoming stronger.
Number eleven in a series about what clients have to say about their workouts.
From this Science Daily article, Exercise Reduces Fatigue In Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy:
From this New York Times article, Balancing Painful Swelling with a Desire to Exercise, come these quotes:
Some women living with lymphedema have managed to do repetitive upper-body exercise in a way that doesn't aggravate their symptoms.
And this quote: