My mother (age 67) recently went through a "bout" of breast cancer. She had surgery in both breasts and had a couple of lymph nodes removed from both armpits. She was told by her doctor not to lift heavy things because of this. I never really understood the doctors reasoning, but apparently the lack of those lymph nodes mean that lifting eg. weights will somehow be dangerous/cause inflammation. Is this a load of waffle? My mum - who is so far fully cured - has healed compeltely from the surgery (which took place two years ago) and would like to do something about her arms, which she now finds flabby. She also complains that her arms have become weaker since the surgery. I'd like to get her a some free weights (dumbells - not pink ones), so she can work out at home. I'll never convince her to join a gym. Do any of you have experience with lifting weights after this kind of surgery? Have you ever heard that the removal of some of the lymph nodes can cause a problem? Any thoughts or suggestions are very wellcome.