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Blood clots in the arteries are rare but there is an increased risk with some anti-cancer drugs. For example, drugs which affect tumour blood vessels (‘anti-angiogenic’ drugs). Blood clots in the arteries may lead to a heart attack, stroke or prevent the blood supply reaching a limb.

You may also be given a low dosage of steroids if you’re having chemotherapy or radiotherapy and feeling sick. You may gain weight, or your face, ankles and legs may swell. Your cancer doctor or nurse can explain the risk of these side effects to you. You usually take steroid tablets or liquids at set times each day for a number of days or weeks.

Why are steroids used for brain tumours?

Treatment for DLBCL usually involves a combination of different treatment types. This reaction does not last very long and can be treated with simple painkillers. If you would like further information or would like to talk about any aspect of your lymphoma, please contact us. Steroid medication can also cause oral thrush (an infection in your mouth), or thrush in the vagina or penis.

If you are at risk of bone thinning, your doctor may prescribe drugs called bisphosphonates to protect your bones. They will also usually give you advice about taking vitamin D supplements and your diet. To help protect your stomach, you should take your tablets with food. We explain the most common side effects of this treatment here.

NHS Steroid Emergency Card (red card)

Anyone at risk of a weakened immune system, and therefore more prone to infection, should have the flu vaccine. This includes people due to have or already having chemotherapy. The flu vaccine is not a live vaccine so does not contain any active viruses.

What type of steroid is used for brain tumours?

You should make every effort to remember to take your steroids when you’re required to. Your doctor may advise carrying it for up to a year after your steroid treatment has ended. Steroids are only likely to be given by injection when you’re in hospital or if you’re unable to take tablets by mouth.

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They freeze the prostate gland and kill the cancer cells, but some normal cells also die. HIFU is sometimes used to treat localised prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate. It may also be recommended after radiotherapy to reduce the chances of cancerous cells returning. Hormone therapy is often used in combination with radiotherapy.

It’s also sometimes called an allograft or a bone marrow transplant. Steroids and insulin are hormones made by your body that work together to balance your blood-glucose levels. Steroids cause a rise in the level of sugar in your blood, and insulin lowers the level.

If you feel particularly tired, breathless or dizzy, let your treatment team know. If you are concerned about any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed here, talk to your chemotherapy nurse or cancer specialist (oncologist) as soon as possible. This does work for a while but eventually the androgen receptor changes to find new ways to turn on.

Steroid emergency card

It’s not known exactly what effect docetaxel has on fertility. However, any effects will also depend on other chemotherapy drugs you are having at the same time or have had in the past, and your age. Pain can occur where the needle has been inserted or anywhere along the vein.

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If you feel unwell or need advice, you can call them at any time of the day or night. Save these numbers in your phone or keep them somewhere safe. This information is about steroids that you take by mouth or as an injection. Steroids also come in other forms, such as inhalers, eye drops or creams.