Ask the Nurse

I’ve been through 16 chemo treatments, a double mastectomy and I’m now in the midst of 33 radiation treatments for stage 3, triple negative, metastasized, carcinoma breast cancer. I’m using Aquaphor on my skin several times a day. I’ve also been put on Anastrozone and take 2 thyroid pills. No matter how much I am exercising at Curves and eating healthfully, I keep gaining weight. My belly seems to be sticking out farther, since I no longer have breasts. What can I do, besides the daily workouts at Curves?

Thank you for question and I hope your recovery is going smoothly. Weight loss is definitely a tricky thing. It is important to eat healthy, which you are but could possibly benefit from seeing a nutritionist to help you with food selection. I would also recommend doing some cardiovascular exercise between 60-90 minutes daily to help burn calories.

Curves ™ is a fantastic program which will help you increase your lean body mass (muscle) so you will burn calories at rest. Make sure you are eating at least three meals a day, if not five to six small meals throughout the day. Be sure to include healthy protein, healthy fat (such as monounsaturated fat e.g., nuts or avocado. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Avoid soda, refined sugar sweets (pastries, cookies, cakes).

I hope this helps, you can always speak with your primary care doctor to try to help you get set up with the appropriate people to help you get on the right track.

March 6, 2013 at 3:15pm