May 23, 2002 - 1:53 pm
I found this comment about weight and breast cancer .... if you are interested. It address the thyroid issue too.
Question: I have metastatic breast cancer and am very overweight. To add to the problem, my doctor told me to stop exercising for a while. Do you have any suggestions to help me lose weight?
Answer: It can be very frustrating to struggle with excess, unhealthy weight. This is a common problem with breast cancer patients, who often have slowed metabolism due to cancer medications. Your first course of action is to have your doctor check the function of your thyroid, which is responsible for controlling your metabolic rate. Next, if you are avoiding exercise because of a risk of lymphedema, there are safe exercises that you can do. Contact the National Lymphedema Network at www.lymphnet.org for more information. Finally, you should consult with a health care professional who can guide your safe weight loss and provide overall dietary strategies for optimal health.