The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Steroid management

Steroids are commonly used to help with symptoms caused by the cancer or treatment and is very important to follow the advice given by the treating team. 

Steroids can help reduce swelling around the tumour and can help to control symptoms of headaches, limb weakness, dizziness, nausea and speech.

Steroids help you feel better but can cause side effects, such as indigestion, increased appetite, difficulty sleeping or increased level of sugar in your blood so the team will aim to keep the dose as low as possible.

It is also very important to take steroids exactly as prescribed by the specialist. Never stop taking them suddenly as this can be serious.