Weight gain on Letrozole: I looked at the forum to see if there was anything about weight gain - and found this thread.
I'm 71 and have been on Letrozole since 2 weeks before surgery, three years ago. In that time I've put on half a stone. I don't eat 'wrong things' e.g. cakes, biscuits, pies, pasta, rice, potatoes but still the weight creeps up - and whereas I used to be able to recover quite quickly after festive occasions - I can't seem to now. Perhaps it's a combination of the medication and age!!
I have so much sympathy for you. I put on weight after a broken ankle and although I lost some of it I then got 'stuck'
I will have to start hormone treatment soon, I cant take tamox due to previous clot, i have delayed the start until after my rads finished.
I worry about side effects but also weight gain.
The guidelines for treating breast cancer include treating our emotional wellbeing so maybe you could speakto your GP or nurse and ask for some councilling. It's easy for others to tell us things are 'normal' but we have to find a way to live our lives with this new normal.
For me quality of life is so important, the anxiety, worry and depression caused by cancer eats away at us and sometimes we need help to cope.
I know exactly how you feel. To cut a long story short, I was on Anastrole and Zoladex for 5 years, put on around 2 stone, came off it to start tamoxifen and promptly got a DVT, so was put back on original drugs. I had managed to shift a stone by going to WW, but now its stalled and I can't lose anymore.
I've also had some other side effects which seem to increase the longer you are on these drugs and I'm seriously considering stopping them now.
Don't lose hope, I did manage to lose the weight in the "gap" so I'm sure at the end of the treatment you will find the same. Just something you have to accept I guess as the alternative is not attractive either.
Keep in there
Thanks for your reply. Yeah have spoken with her and a oncologist at the hospital, all they could offer me was to see a nutritionist. Which doesn't really help me as I know what to eat and what not to eat. I said about having a break from the treatment for 6 months but she wasn't very happy and scared me with facts of the Cancer coming back.
I know a lot of people will be saying your lucky and why would you risk it but I just don't feel myself anymore.
Has anyone had problem of weight gain? or even made the decision to have a break from treatment?
I'm 29 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012, I have it removed, had 8 months of chemotherpy and just finished 4 weeks of radiotherpy.
I was put onto Zoladex at the start of my chemotherpy and they have now decided to keep me on it for the next 5 years and put me on Anastrozole too (which is normally for post menopausal women). They decided not to put me on Tamoxifen because I have had a blood clot in the pass year and Tamoxifen can cause them.
Because of this I have put on 2 stone in weight and still going up. I have changed my diet, gone to the gym but nothing is helping me lose the weight.
I hate myself so much because of this and have no confidence anymore. I am only 29 and feel like it has changed me so much as a person.
I dont know what to do next, it worrys me that I still have 4 years on the Zoladex and Anastrozole. I am even thinking about stopping the treatment for 6 months.
Can anyone help?