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Post cancer diving

Discussion in 'Women's Community Forums' started by carlaguardiola, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. carlaguardiola

    carlaguardiola Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: cozumel
    I was working as a dive instructor when I had cancer. Now my doctors says that I shouldnt lift heavy objects to avoid lymphedema but none is able to tell me if I can continue teaching or only dive for fun (assisted by someone else)
    Does anyone knows or has experienced this?

    I have been treated with chemeotherapy and then a mastectomy and radiotherapy .
  2. Kimela

    Kimela Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St Louis
    Have you checked with DAN?

    I don't have any personal knowledge to share, but I would assume that good self-care is in order. Hoping for your continued improvement.
  3. Bratface

    Bratface Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Florida
    I have mild lymphedema and wear a compression sleeve. I haven’t returned to diving yet (I'm eight months postop and a cold water wimp). I wonder if I need the sleeve while diving.

    As far as exercise, my lymphedema therapist said to wear one while exercising and flying. You should also avoid injury to your arm and hand. I suspect a glove might be helpful.

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