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What exercises can I do while recovering from breast cancer?

Breast cancer recovery can begin a couple of days after surgery. It starts with gentle exercises for the first six weeks. These exercises will relieve some of the pain and prevent scar tissue from forming. All exercises should focus on breathing because this will help to relieve some pain. After six weeks, the exercises should begin to focus on building strength. Strength building will help you improve your range of motion. Your doctor or surgeon should approve all exercises before you begin.

To keep your arm and shoulder from getting stiff, try to exercise twice per day. Slowly begin to reintroduce daily activities such as yard work, laundry, or driving when you feel your body is capable. If you experience any pain, immediately stop the activity.

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