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Old 02-06-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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CrossFit and Chemo

A good friend of mine is starting Chemo soon. I've read reports about exercise and chemo. Has anyone had any experience with modifying WODs, recovery, etc, etc during chemo that might help? Any insight welcome.

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:30 PM   #2
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Re: CrossFit and Chemo

Chemo obliterates the immune system

If you workout with no immune system and get sick..... you may be on death's bed because of an infection....... not just from the cancer/chemo

I would definitely say light exercise is a good idea.

Nothing with high intensity.

Have him/her consult docs. They will probably say something similar to what I said most likely
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: CrossFit and Chemo

It is also import that your friend be able to take in nutrition to support even light exercise.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:24 PM   #4
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Re: CrossFit and Chemo

Chemo and CF will likely not mix well. Yes, exercise is beneficial while on chemotherapy, but weightlifting while nauseous or weak is a terrible idea. In this case, general, low-intensity aerobic exercise or calisthenics are advised.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:37 AM   #5
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Re: CrossFit and Chemo

When I went through chemo, I was still doing as much crossfit as I could. I was on it for 3 months. My doctor encouraged me to keep excercising. Finishing a WOD became much harder to impossible. The intensity went right out the window and it became about just doing exercises. Towards the middle, working out was no longer possible and by the third month just walking out in the street just to get outside became an effort. Good luck to your friend.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:51 PM   #6
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Re: CrossFit and Chemo

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When I went through chemo, I was still doing as much crossfit as I could. I was on it for 3 months. My doctor encouraged me to keep excercising. Finishing a WOD became much harder to impossible. The intensity went right out the window and it became about just doing exercises. Towards the middle, working out was no longer possible and by the third month just walking out in the street just to get outside became an effort. Good luck to your friend.
That really puts everything in perspective. Thanks for posting your experience.
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:15 PM   #7
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Re: CrossFit and Chemo

Exercise can be an important part of the recovery process but just giving a general response isn't the way to go with chemo. Your friend should consult his/her doctor who will probably be able to give a list of exercises that are beneficial to recovery. The other thing the doctor will give him/her is a list of things to look out for which can be important because to much exercise or the wrong kind of exercise could set recovery back.

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