Weight gain

After breast cancer treatment, it's not unusual for women to find that they've gained weight. Chemotherapy and other treatments can bring on the menopause and weight gain is a symptom of this. Steroids cause weight gain and are often given with chemotherapy. During treatment, women are also less likely to be active. Hormonal therapy, which is usually given for a number of years, can also cause weight gain.

Losing weight can be difficult. Even trying to keep to a healthy weight is sometimes hard. But there are lots of benefits to keeping to a healthy weight. It reduces the risk of heart problems and other illnesses such as diabetes. There's evidence that keeping to a healthy weight after the menopause helps reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back.

We have more information about managing your weight after cancer treatment.