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    HardyGirl asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    How long after chemo and radiation did it take for you to stop having pain in the abdomen?

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      As I recall, it took about 6-8 weeks. There have been some lingering twinges, but not discomfort. Did you get a binder to wear after surgery? That helped a lot for me. There is such a thing as "adhesions" - part of the "joys of surgery" - where scar tissue adheres to your internal organs, and can create tension and some pain. From what I've read, surgery to remove the scar tissue isn't very effective.

      What I found helpful were exercises to strengthen both my abdomen and back (they work together) - for example, a pelvic bridge exercise, pelvic floor exercises, the "dead bug" exercise and the "swimmers" exercise. The key idea is to exercise *gently*.

      I also found Tai Chi to be excellent for overall wellness and regaining balance/coordination (after chemo).

      If it really bothers you, please do check in with your oncologist and/or surgeon.

      about 1 month ago
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    HardyGirl asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    When you exercise, assuming you do, do you do a strenuous workout, elliptical, running, etc. or.

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      Yoga is good, ----- Chair Yoga best for those of us with physical limitations. You don't have to get up & down from the floor or twist yourself into impossible positions.
      Warm water aerobics is also good for those who can find a warm-water pool.

      10 months ago
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      I wear a pedometer and walk everyday . I have a goal of adveraging about 7,500 steps daiky which for me, is three miles. I rarely do this all at once, usually a walk in the morning and one in the evening. I use to take Yoga years ago and have been meaning to get back to it. Yoga is great for you mentally and stretches your body ,improves your balance and increases the strength in your legs.

      10 months ago
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      I dont have an excercise routine but I do yoga every morning and I always seem to be doing yard work. I walk a lot. I always park furthest from the door. I wash my own car once a week. Do my own housework. I'm pretty particular with house cleaning. But the yoga seems to rev my motor up and get me started for the day. If it dont get done in the early part of the day, it dont get done. Then I'm pretty much of a lazy ars the rest of the day.

      10 months ago
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    7 Causes of Ovarian Cancer Doctors Want You to Know About
    Knowing your risk factors could help you spot symptoms you may otherwise have ignored.

    First, some good news: ovarian cancer is actually not all that common, with just 22,240 women diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society. A woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer at some point in her life is about 1 in 78 (compared to 1 in 8 for breast cancer).

    Now, the bad news. Though there are fewer cases of ovarian cancer overall compared to other cancers, ovarian is among the most fatal. It's the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women, and it accounts for more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer.

    Why's it so deadly? The problem is that women often don't experience ovarian cancer symptoms until the disease has progressed—and the later cancer is caught, the harder it is to treat. If and when women do experience symptoms, those symptoms are usually mild and include bloating, abdominal swelling, and frequent urination. It's easy to chalk up these symptoms to weight gain, PMS, stress, a stomachache, a urinary tract infection, or irritable bowel syndrome. "So typically when we diagnose, in almost two-thirds of patients, the ovarian cancer has already spread beyond the pelvis," says Ali Mahdavi , MD, a gynecologic oncologist and the Medical Director, Specialty Care Ascension Medical Group, OB/GYN Clinic at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    We don't yet fully understand exactly what causes ovarian cancer, it's so important to know the most common ovarian cancer risk factors. If any of these apply to you, be extra vigilant about listening to your body and report any concerning changes—no matter how subtle—to either your primary care physician or ob/gyn.