• Good news, my PET scan showed only scar tissue from radiation; bad news, I'm still gaining weight.

    Asked by ChildOfGod4570 on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Good news, my PET scan showed only scar tissue from radiation; bad news, I'm still gaining weight.

    Hi, everybody. I have an update and a question for you. First, the praise report, God is good; the PET scan showed just scar tissue, but my oncologist still wants me to have an ultrasound next week to be absolutely sure. Thank God it's not cancer again. The bad news and its attendant question: I gained more weight and am very discouraged about it. :( Like I once said when answering someone else's question, I no longer fit any of my dresses. Doc said the weight gain should level off. I exercise 6 hours a week and eat sensibly, so I dont' understand why the weight gain is getting worse. Is it the Tamoxifen? Does anyone have tips on how to boost metabolism that are safe for breast cancer patients? With so many adverts for menopause relief and metabolism boosters, many of them are things BC patients can't have. If anyone knows what can help with this weight problem, I would be most grateful! Thanks and God bless!

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Congratulations on your PET scan results! I don't have any great ideas by the way, but I did want to say how happy I am to read this good news! But yes tamoxifen and other hormone blockers can all cause weight gain. :-( But go over your list of medications to make sure that there isn't any other possible culprit as well. And all I can say is that you might have to change your diet around a little...I would start writing down everything that you eat just so you have a record and also a chart of your weight and how you feel. There might be one or two things that are causing problems with your diet. I have done this myself and it made me more aware of what I was eating and how it was affecting me. And also sometimes trying a new exercise gets muscles working that you haven't worked in awhile and can kick in our metabolism. Those aren't great ideas, and they are a pain I know, but I've done them both myself successfully. Good luck and God bless!

      over 6 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar

      That is good news! Glad to hear it: Good idea from lilymadeline to keep a log of what you are eating. Portion control is key and sometimes people lose track of how many calories they're taking in, note it's also important to burn more calories than you're consuming if your goal is to lose weight. Perhaps you can up the intensity of your workouts? You might have reached a plateau. Sometimes simply changing what you're doing helps. An easy tip for you is that green tea can boost your metabolism, so if you don't already drink it, try to drink 3-5 cups a day. It's a powerful cancer fighter too ! Good luck with the weight battle ! : )

      over 6 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar

      Very good news about your scan. Congratulations. I agree that keeping a food diary is a good idea. It has been proven to help with weight control, because it forces us to be mindful and honest about all we eat and drink. You might try 3 10-minute walks or activity sessions per day, to keep your metabolism revved. And cut out any empty calorie culprits such as fried foods, most desserts and sodas. The hormone blockers make it easier to store fat, so extra calories that don't give you nutrition will be less likely to get burned up and more likely to get stored as weight gain. Best of luck to you, and don't give up.

      over 6 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar

      Great news about your scan!!! So excited for you!

      over 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      It sounds like you are doing everything you can for your health (congratulations!). Maybe as the weather gets nicer outside, you can take small walks. Every little bit of exercise helps. It is easier to lose weight by reducing calories, but every something you do will help. I just started a dance class for the exercise. Maybe try something new.

      over 6 years ago
    • SoccerLisaMom's Avatar

      Congratulations on the scan results!!!! I have been on Tamoxifen since September 2012 and between the chemotherapy and Tamoxifen I have gained 30 pounds. I am a Weight Watcher and in 2001 I lost 72 pounds and had kept it off until my breast cancer diagnosis in 2011 so for 10 years I was okay. I also exercise at the gym, Zumba, Spin, Treadmill and machine with no weights on them as I have some lymphedema. I also complain to my doctors and they just keep saying not to worry it is the medication. I them told them I can't go gaining 10 pounds a year. NONE of my clothes from last year even fit me....I get so upset....but then will go you no what I'm alive and that is all that matters. If you find out a secret to getting this weight off please let me know. I am no trying to cut out as much sugar and flour as I can and see how that goes. (not a Weight Watcher recommedation either...just thought I would try it). Wishing you the best of luck. Again, congratulations on the scan.

      over 6 years ago
    • savingrace's Avatar

      Congratulations on the good news about your scan. I don't have anything different in the weight lost area, try following the suggestions given by everyone. Wishing you continued success on your health and weight.

      over 6 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      So happy to hear the news about your scan!!!!

      Ugh, the weight problem. It's a frustrating trade off between the medications that keep us alive and disease-free and gaining weight. I've just started to work with a hypnotherapist to help get it under control - as a part of that, I'm going to eat low-carb and work on my sugar addiction. Because of my bone lesions, there are things at the gym I can no longer do, but I am taking AquaAerobics 6 days a week to at least get some activity in.


      over 6 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      Congratulations on the PET scan news. Good for you! : )

      over 6 years ago
    • PinkPickle's Avatar

      Happy Happy news on the PET scan
      But I completely feel your pain with the weight issues. I am also looking for the magic formula for balancing nutrition and exercise. I walk 3-6 times a week eat very sensibly and can't shed much weight. I have multiple restrictions due to severe nerve damage that pretty much limits me to walking, without using my arms...ridiculous looking, take my word for it...but you might try a visit with a nutritional councillor. My cancer clinic had one they recommended. They did help and were able to do some tests which measure your metabolism and then base a plan both physical and diet.
      my insurance covered all my appts
      Health and happiness!

      over 6 years ago

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