We all know that many (most) survivors are told to never exercise their affected side again and to take it easy on that side so as not to put too much stress on the structure and/or lymphatic system. Our study strongly disproved this theory. We view it much the same way that cardiac rehab is now viewed. In the beginning, heart patients were told to rest their hearts after surgery… now we all know that exercise is often the best thing for them. This is most often the case with breast cancer survivors as well. We have determined that strength training, if performed correctly and with the proper guidelines, is very safe and extremely beneficial for breast cancer survivors.
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