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Postby kiwiinoz » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:31 pm

OK, for those of you who remember me exercise was always a topic close to my heart.
Talking of which I thought this article summed up the reasons, or at least some of them, that I run and did a lot more so since I got cancer.
I know that not everyone can do it but I found the worse I felt on chemo the better I did after I exercised.
I hope it can make some of those undergoing chemo consider things.
I was at my worst on rounds 7-8 of FOLFOX. I stopped exercising, I lost a lot of fluids, I ended up in the ER with a drip, and then after that I got back into exercising again (slowly) and I felt better the more I exercised.
I'm still here, exercising almost 7 years after stage IV diagnosis.
Stage IV Rectal Cancer (39 Year old male at dx)
pT3N0M1 (wish that was M0)
Diagnosed 05 Dec 2012
LAR 05 Jan 2013
VATS 27 Feb 2013
FOLOFX April 2013 - Sep 2013
Clear Scan 03 Dec 2013 - August 2020
Port Out 26 March 2015

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Re: Exercise

Postby CRguy » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:05 am

Hey kiwi I FEEL your vibe buddy

when I was instructing martial arts (karate) AND training myself, AND learning a new system of Taiji/Qigong
I would get into a zone which I can only describe as " zoned in "

ALL the benefits of physical exercise AND the benefits of the inner body/mind/spirit wellness
can ONLY be a GOOD thing for all of us.

In my many ramblings here I believe I have described the benefit I received from many years of training.

I OWE MY LIFE to the body/mind/spirit connection of who I AM, because of my training
AND how I could take it to ...
TAKE IT TO ..... defeating cancer !

The science and the chemistry killed the cancer inside the patient
The patient INSIDE the cancer ... KILLED THE CANCER


Whatever we can bring to the battle ....
That is who we are
and THAT defines us

Peace Love and Harmony
to ALL on the Journey
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
14 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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Re: Exercise

Postby Claudine » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:16 am

I got home last night and DH, who'd just had his chemo infusion late morning, was spinning on his home trainer with the chemo pump hanging off the handlebars :)
Exercising has been a huge help to him, both physically and mentally; just like you, he says that he feels better afterwards, even if it's sometimes really hard to get motivated to start (when he feels like crap and just laying in bed).

I know an oncologist in France who started his own "exercise club" for his cancer patients, after noticing over and over how much better people who exercised fared, both in terms of well-being during treatment and in terms of treatment efficacy.

Yay endorphins!
Wife of Dx 04/18 (51 yo). MSS, KRAS G12A
No primary (involuted?)
Lytic tumor L4 vertebrae, EBRT 04/18, SBRT 02/19
Resect small intestine 05/18 (no cancer - Crohn's)
Failed adjuvant Xelox
Folfiri + Avastin 03/19 to 01/20
6.7 cm left adrenal mass 03/19, successful resection 02/20
CEA since 03/19: low 3.2, now 81.1
Scan 03/19: Multiple small lung nodules, now gone/calcified
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Re: Exercise

Postby henry123 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:41 am

It definitely helps both mentally and physically.
Yoga and running are part of my exercise regimen.
46yo M msi-high Lynch +ve
5/16 lap AR 14/21 L nodes +ve
7/16 Capox 9 cyc
9/16 cea 2
1/17 550
PET CT mets in lung & peri
iri+ avast fail
3/17 10577
4/17 regro fail
5/17 cea 28800
5/17 CT inc in size of mes nodes ,onset of multi nodules in liver
6/17 Opdivo start
7/17 26754
8/17 5623
9/17 497
10/17 52
11/17 12
CT all clear exc a nodule in Lung. liver norm
1/18 3.6
4/18 2
Aspirin start
6/18 1.5 CT clear
12/18 1.1 NED
6/19 .9 CT clear
1/20 NED Opdivo stop

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Re: Exercise

Postby _Jelen90 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:11 pm

My husband recovered faster from surgery and tolerated chemo very well because he exercised the whole time.

He never skipped more than 2 days. He kept telling me I feel like s*hit but I know if I don't go to the gym I'll feel even worse andddd sure thing he would come back from his training and be a whole different person. I am 100% sure exercise made his journey a lot more "bearable".
21/12/2018 DH 28 diag. Rectal cancer
T2N1M0 - Stage IIIA
6 weeks of Chemorad Jan-March 2019
APR surgery June 2019
Permanent colostomy
Path report : tumor completely gone but 1 lymph node out of 8 tested positive
6 rounds of Mop up XELOX August 2019
NED December 2019

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Re: Exercise

Postby horizon » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:35 am

Nice! My (sedentary) friends thought that I was nuts for hitting the gym during chemo but it was a great stress reliever for me.
I'm just a dude who still can't believe he had a resection and went through chemo (currently 9 years NED). Is this real life?

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