Jen I went to a post rads/lymphoedema course & they said from a rads perspective that there is no limitation on sports after 4 weeks, but from a lymphoedema viewpoint, small & often to start with, building up your stamina is recommended. The example they gave was don't play a full tennis match, just play for half an hour. This is a bit useless as all my tennis sessions are 2 hours grrr. When I countered with that, she said I shouldn't necessarily have the expectation of returning to exactly how I was before. Very depressing woman. No doubt she would recommend 6 holes of golf rather than 18, but it kind of defeats the object! xx
I get that during treatment, but why would it apply for 4 months after? My lot have said do whatever you like during & after as long as you don't cause chafing under your arm. xx
I'm starting rads in February and my oncologist said I could start playing tennis again about four weeks after finishing rads. Just start slowly and don't overdo it, she said. And I had a mastectomy, lymph node clearance and DIEP flap reconstruction mid-December.
I was told the opposite too. He just said as long as I don't over do it and listen to my body to carry on as much as I can. He knew it was weight training I do. The only thing I dont train now is my chest as the tumour removed was very close to my chest wall... Im on my 6th session of Rads so trying to keep fit as much as I can, might not be up to it next week.
Edit: thinking about it he did say it all depends on the type of sugery, where it was and if any of the nodes were removed etc. My lump was small and so a smallish scar. I had 3 nodes removed and all were clear and it has healed up great.