Information for people who have lymph nodes removed (axillary dissection) as part of their treatment for breast cancer.
This information should not be used to diagnose yourself or in place of a doctor's care.
Revised February 2022
Yes. For most people, aerobic exercise, like walking, and strength training (lifting weights) is safe and recommended. Exercising can help with treatment side effects and joint stiffness.
Before exercising, you should check with your health care team. Some people may not be able to do certain types of exercise.
Watch Exercises for Individuals with Breast Cancer Overview
First, follow the advice from your health care team.
For most people, the exercises in the handouts and videos below are safe.
Post-Surgery Breast Cancer Exercises Week 1
Post-Surgery Breast Cancer Exercises Weeks 2 to 6
Exercise During and After Breast Cancer
Red Flags: What to Watch for with Arm Exercises After Breast Surgery
Canadian Cancer Society Exercises After Breast Surgery (available in English, French and Chinese)