Exercise after lumpectomy


I am 29, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in October 2020. As it was growing so quickly, I had chemo first which is now finished and will be having surgery soon.

So i wondered if anyone can help? I am having a lumpectomy soon and wondered how long I would have to wait to do any walking/power walking? I know I won't be able to run for about 6 weeks but I wondered if walking would be OK. 

I get bored easily and I won't be working either after surgery. I also have two dogs that need walking - so I really want to be able to get out the house but due to C19 I can't go anywhere else!

I also have some pretty deep set mental health issues with my body and it will get worse if I start gaining weight and I can't exercise.

Also, I have just come off Zoladex which has made me gain quite a bit of weight - does anyone know if it comes off after your finish having them? I have heard mixed reviews with many saying they can't get the weight off. 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)


  • Hi Lizzie

    Thanks for getting in touch. It’s good to hear that your chemotherapy is finished and that you are having your surgery soon.

    You can get back out walking once you feel up to it post-surgery. Most people will allow a few days to recover from having an anaesthetic and to see how they feel. It might be a good idea to ask if someone can walk your dogs for the first week after surgery. 

    When you do go back to getting out and walking you should pace yourself and build it up over a few days. Hopefully your dogs are good at walking with you, remember to be cautious if there is a risk that they could pull on the lead.

    It’s been a stressful time with Covid 19 affecting what you can do and getting access to extra support. It might be worth having a look at our SafeFit information and podcasts for some further advice on exercise and diet.

    It’s not unusual to gain weight during treatment for breast cancer. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get the weight off through a good well-balanced diet and resuming increased exercise when you are able to. It can sometimes be a slow process as you recover and heal from all of your treatment, you need to be nice to yourself and take one step at a time.

    If you want to talk any of this through further and you feel up to it then give us a call on the support line.

    Best Wishes and take care,

    Fiona-Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist