With your doctor’s approval, start slowly and work your way up. The American Cancer Society recommends adult cancer survivors exercise for at least 150 minutes a week, including strength training at least two days a week. As you recover and adjust, you might find that more exercise makes you feel even better.
How long does muscle weakness last after chemo?
Muscle weakness is a major clinical problem for patients with advanced cancer. In addition, chemotherapy itself can cause muscle weakness and this can persist for months or years after treatment, causing problems such as fatigue and falls which can lead to fractures and increased mortality.
How long does it take to regain your strength after chemotherapy?
One of the hardest things I see people struggling with is “recovery time,” particularly as it relates to fatigue from cancer treatment. The rule of thumb I usually tell my patients is that it takes about two months of recovery time for every one month of treatment before energy will return to a baseline.
How do I regain muscle strength after chemo?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Take the stairs instead of riding the elevator.
- Buy a pedometer (step counter) and increase your number of steps daily.
- Take frequent breaks throughout the day to stand, stretch, and take short walks.
- Check the pantry. Lifting cans, detergent bottles, or anything heavy will build muscle.
How do you get rid of weakness after chemotherapy?
Exercise, yoga, massage therapy, counseling, and dietary or nutritional counseling are all used to help treat fatigue and weakness. If you’re having problems sleeping or sleeping too much, your doctor or nurse may suggest sleep therapy.
Why are my legs so weak after chemo?
Some chemotherapy drugs can damage the nerves that send signals between the central nervous system and the arms and legs. This is called peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms include tingling (“pins and needles”), numbness or pain in your hands and feet, and muscle weakness in your legs.
Why do I feel so weak after chemo?
Nearly everyone who has chemotherapy has some tiredness. It can be due to the direct effect of chemotherapy on the body. But anaemia may also cause tiredness. This is because chemotherapy can stop your bone marrow from making red blood cells for a while.
What is the best food to eat after chemo?
What do I eat after chemotherapy and for the next few days?
- Apple and grape juice.
- Fruit nectars.
- Low-salt broth.
- Clear soups.
- Popsicles and sherbert.
- Herbal teas, such as ginger and mint.