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Steroids are often used as part of treatment or to control symptoms, such as pain, in secondary breast cancer. They can also help you to feel better.
Steroids may be given:
Steroids are generally only given for short periods of time and usually have few side effects.
Possible side effects include:
In some situations, steroids are given in high doses and gradually reduced after you've had treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Having higher doses or steroids for a longer period may cause more side effects, such as mood swings, fluid retention or being more likely to get an infection.
Talk to your doctor or specialist nurse if you're concerned about side effects you are having.
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