If the cancer has spread to the bones, you may be given bone-strengthening drugs.
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You may have steroids as part of your treatment or to control symptoms and help you to feel better.
Steroids may be given:
They are usually only given for short periods of time so the side effects aren’t usually too troublesome.
Possible side effects include:
Sometimes steroids are given in high doses and are gradually reduced after you’ve had treatment with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Having higher doses of steroids for a longer period may cause more side effects. These can include:
Talk to your doctor or specialist nurse if you are concerned about side effects you are having.
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