We did record this event yes, however it's not available to watch just yet! We're working on it and aim to upload it early next week.
I'll let you know once it's available!
Thank you for your patience x
I'm so sorry to hear you were unable to get in the meeting!
Not to worry, it was recorded and we're working on uploading it so everyone can re watch it. :)
We aim to get this sorted early next week!
In the meantime, we have an upcoming mini video with Diane, talking about anxiety, which will be published tomorrow if that's of any interest. :)
I wanted to welcome you to the community, I am sure Amber will be in touch soon with some helpful advice and wisdom for you.
I just wanted to wish you well for your operation tomorrow morning, I understand it may be an anxious and nervous time for you.
It sounds as if you are already trying to think ahead for when you are more up and about post treatment as to how to become fitter and stronger again. That is really great and positive. For what is is worth, please do not feel guilty about a few biscuits a day, they will not be the ruin of you. Going through chemotherapy, and the treatment that still lies ahead for you takes a tough toll on the body and mind. What you have described sounds very familiar, and I am sure others here will identify in that with you. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and find the best way through the day that you can, you still have a long road ahead, take it one day at a time, be kind to yourself.
Everyone here is very friendly, so if you feel like a chat at anytime or help with anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Thinking of you for tomorrow,
Hi @mrbrn12 (Marie :))
Thank you so much for this question!
While some data on tamoxifen suggests the weight changes aren't from the drug itself, but the hormonal changes in the body while on the drug, it doesn't make the situation any less challenging.
In order to make a more clinical estimation on diet adequacy and changes, I would require more information on your food intake, sleep quality, levels of stress, and diet history to name a few. That said, would you be surprised if I said I'm not sure you're eating enough?
I completely understand the desire to lose weight. Our culture believes body size is a visual picture of someone's health and effort, but it's not.
Body weight is much more complex than we're led to believe. We're taught that if we consume less calories than we use, we should lose weight, right? For the majority of people, that theory doesn't seem to hold true. If it was true, we would have a far better statistics for long-term weight loss and maintenance than we currently have (80-95% fail rate for diets as a conservative number).
There are so many other factors that affect body weight, including (but not limited to) genetics, social and physical environment, and food access. Hormone treatments are absolutely on that list as well.
Because we don't have as much control on the outcome of our actions when it comes to weight, I would encourage you to look at factors within your control which are the behaviours. It sounds like you're already engaging in health-promoting activities and eating practices!
In general (and without knowing a more complete diet history), I recommend increasing the amount and variety of fruits and veg (if you're able), increasing the amount and variety of whole grain foods, and finding a form of joyful movement (exercise) you really love to practice consistently.
I would love to know your thoughts on this, or if you have any further questions!
Hi @Chlogamble ! And thanks for putting us in touch, @LizzyB73 :)
I hope I can put your mind at ease on this subject.
I assume your nutritionist told you to stop taking vitamin C during treatment, because of it's antioxidant qualities. Using supplement forms of antioxidants like Vitamin C tabs during cancer treatment is somewhat controversial, as there is no clear cut answer if it can help, hurt, or do nothing.
That said, we don't have clear answers if vitamin C actually affects your chemo. I refer to it as a "theoretical risk." Most conventional cancer centers I'm aware of prefer to play it safe and recommend against supplement use during treatment.
I've included an article that provides a little more information. Please let me know if you have any further questions!
Thanks for getting in touch. I will link you in with @Amber_Thomas_RDN , live better with’s registered dietician who will be much better placed to answer this one.
We would always advise patients to continue with Vitamin D as this can be very protective but I will hand over to Amber to advise you on vitamin C.
Wishing you well with the rest of your chemotherapy
Thank you for the live Q&A session on Friday it was nice a lot of great information that you shared with the group.
I am so pleased to hear that you have finished your treatment. I know that is not the end of the side effects and discomfort and tiredness which are so common sadly.
Your photographs are lovely - what a great idea to take up bird watching during the lockdown. Perhaps you will keep that going and become an expert.
Good evening all,
I'm not sure if anyone else managed to tune in. I did, it was very interesting and certainly helpful if suffering from menopausal symptoms as a result of cancer treatment.
There are links you can click on, it was also live on the FB page too.
Thanks so much to Diane and Tamara for their time putting it together.
I am unable to get into the meeting it keeps stating this meeting is an Error code