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Can exercise really make a difference in preventing a recurrence? What kind of exercise is best?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 8 years
 
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Move!!! you will feel better. It gives me s sense of control. I do yoga, resistance training, archery, and the ever popular walking. I watch portion size but I don't make myself crazy. I struggle with the fear of cancer coming back. Some days are easier than other. Some times I write the word cancer on my archery target. An hour of shooting holes in the word feels good.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I am sure it would be a combinations of keeping your weight correct for your height. As for excercise, probably a combo or aerobic's and weights. When a woman is overweight, more estrogen is produced, if she has cancer cells which are fed by estrogen, being overweight, feeds her cancer. THere is also more of a chance to develop heart disease and diabetes. Increased muscle mass burns more calories too. Once you get on a real exercise program, it almost becomes addictive because your brain starts releasing endorphins.... the happy hormone! Even if the only thing you can do is walk, it is better than nothing. You need to start out very slowly. People make the mistake of trying to be an Olympian the first time out. They get sore and discouraged. It would be great if you could have a friend to walk with or take your doggy for a nice walk. You also need to work on eating well. Fresh organic fruits, veggies, some fish, chicken, minus the skin, baked. My friend told me the best way to grocery shop is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. The aisles have all the processed foods. Eating well is actually easier because you are eating whole foods.... whole grains, nuts, vegies, fruits etc. You know it is the same thing we've been told forever. Eat right, keep your weight down, and exercise. Good luck! Sharon
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Check out this article that was just published yesterday. I read it in The Boston Globe, but the study is great.
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Sorry, here is the link http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-27/health-wellness/31404948_1_cancer-return-breast-cancer-cancer-recurrence My oncologist said a while back that recurrence often occurs in women who are overweight. More fatty tissue for those cancer cells to attack, maybe? Because that's where they head! So this article is great.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Move!!! you will feel better. It gives me s sense of control. I do yoga, resistance training, archery, and the ever popular walking. I watch portion size but I don't make myself crazy. I struggle with the fear of cancer coming back. Some days are easier than other. Some times I write the word cancer on my archery target. An hour of shooting holes in the word feels good.
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  • sheri santorsola Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you all for the very informative answers!!!!
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