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LUNG CANCER EXERCISES

nsclchelp
Posts: 6
Joined: Jun 2011

My mom has lung cancer.  We found that these exercises (developed by a lung cancer pulmonary clinical nurse specialist) help improve her breathing. You can find them on youtube and search "lungexercise".   Hope they help others.

Best wishes

http://www.youtube.com/user/lungexercise

grannylove
Posts: 183
Joined: Apr 2011

I found these exercises on youtube in early April. Being dx with NSCLC and with a lobectomy looming, I decided it would not hurt to expand my lungs. Doing these faithfully 3x a day, I felt that they made a huge difference on my lung capacity post surgery. I did not have VATS so the healing process was alittle more extensive. I still do the exercises but am careful not to overstretch. These are wonderful exercises and really did not know why none of my Drs. recommended them. Makes ya wonder. We do not use full capacity of our lungs in the first place so these definitely help us to use the parts we never normally use. I even have my BF doing them with me now.
Cheryl

flower52
Posts: 4
Joined: May 2011

I went to the site on youtube and did the exercises........I knew there was a way to expand my lung capacity on my own....without PT or difficult exercising....thanks again

nsclchelp
Posts: 6
Joined: Jun 2011

It is a big plus to be able to do these exercises on your own. My mom went to PT and that was very helpful but she needed something to do regularly to improve breathing and lung capacity. She had her full lung removed and really was having difficulty. These exercises are easily done in a chair so they are great for the home and help in recovery for lung cancer surgery or treatment. We made sure to run it past the doctor and he agreed. So, I am glad you found them (youtube search "LUNGEXERCISE").

Best wishes and thanks again!

nsclchelp
Posts: 6
Joined: Jun 2011

Hi Cheryl,

I am so glad the exercises are helping. They do train you to get fuller use out of your remaining lung. It's great that you have a friend doing them with you. The exercises are good for breathing, for folks with lung cancer, COPD or just to improve respiratory function.

The pulmonary nurse specialist who developed them really makes them easy to follow. So, yes, please invite more friends. Here's the link again:

http://www.youtube.com/user/lungexercise

Or, you can just go to youtube and search "LUNGEXERCISE".

Best wishes.

lekkerone
Posts: 199
Joined: Jan 2011

These are great exercises and I regret that I didn't have them after my lobectomy. Thanks so much for posting them.

nsclchelp
Posts: 6
Joined: Jun 2011

Hi,

I am happy that you found these exercises. They should help breathing, endurance and lung capacity. Of course, be sure to consult with your doctor. The pulmonary clinical nurse who developed them uses the exercises for people with lung cancer, COPD and other breathing issues. Thanks so much for your note (the exercises are at youtube searching "lungexercise"). Here's the link again:

http://www.youtube.com/user/lungexercise

Best Wishes.

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Glenna M
Posts: 1580
Joined: May 2009

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have a spirometer that I use but these exercises look like they would be helpful also. Will definitely be trying them this weekend.

Thanks for posting this link!!
Glenna

nsclchelp
Posts: 6
Joined: Jun 2011

Hi Glenna,

Thank you for the nice note. The exercises help with using the full capacity of your lung, and in keeping your breathing pathways open. Make sure to check with your doctor and take your time. There are some good ideas on how to stop shortness of breath and make the most of your all the different parts of your body involved in getting the most of out of each breath. As the pulmonary nurse specialist says, they are helpful for COPD, lung cancer, asthma and anyone who would like to improve their breathing.

They can be found at youtube, searching "LUNGEXERCISE".

It's great to get your encouragement. Here's the link:

Best Wishes

http://www.youtube.com/user/lungexercise

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