Steroid therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Steroids are often given with chemotherapy to treat lymphoma. They also help you feel better and can reduce feelings of sickness (nausea) caused by chemotherapy.
Steroids prescribed to treat lymphoma have nothing to do with the kind of steroids used by some bodybuilders.
The steroid most commonly used to treat NHL is prednisolone.
Steroids, as part of lymphoma treatment, are generally only given for short periods of time and usually have few side effects.
Possible side effects include:
an increased appetite
increased energy or feeling restless
having a higher level of sugar in the blood than usual.
Taking steroids with food can help reduce any indigestion. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to prevent it. You should always tell your doctor if you have stomach pains while taking steroids.
If you have difficulty sleeping, taking steroids in the morning with food may help.
Occasionally, steroids may cause an increase in your blood sugar level. During treatment you may have regular blood or urine tests to check this. Tell your doctor if you get very thirsty or if you’re passing more urine than usual.
Some people feel tired, have aches and pains, and feel a bit low in mood after finishing a course of steroids. This is due to their body adjusting to the changes in steroid levels and usually gets better within 2-3 days.