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A 62-year-old female asked:

Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? i am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

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Dr. Morton Levitt
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical 51 years experience
Arrmidex/Wt Gain: Yes. But you should watch your portion sizes and dietary intake to avoid excess calories and fats. Too much added fat is not good in the setting of an estrogen-positive tumor, as it counterbalances the effects of the hormone therapy.
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Dr. Eric Brown
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, but minimal: There has been some reported weight gain with endocrine therapy. This emphasizes the importance of exercise in the breast cancer 'survivor' population. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise, three days per week will decrease recurrence rates. Wait control, a healthy diet and alcohol in moderation are patient controllable factors related to survival.
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