Steroids for Treating Cancerenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-cancerSteroid-enHD-AR1.gifUnlike the steroids that body builders use, steroids used in cancer treatment are safe and help kids feel better.steroids, cancer treatment, radiation, chemotherapy, anabolic steroids, cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, methylprednisolone, cortisol, corticosteroids, cancer side effects, steroid, steriod, steriods, cancer therapy02/26/200909/17/201809/17/2018Howard M. Katzenstein, MD06/01/20182e913244-cf34-4cfd-987f-847382370bcfhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/steroid-treatment.html/<h3>What Are Steroids?</h3> <p>The word <em>steroid</em>&nbsp;might make you think of &quot;roid rage&quot; or side effects in athletes, weightlifters, and bodybuilders who use them. But if your doctor prescribed a steroid as part of your child's cancer treatment, don't worry. It's not &quot;that&quot; kind of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/steroids.html/">steroid</a>. It's an important <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cancer.html/">cancer</a> medicine.</p> <p>Steroids are chemicals made normally by the body. Other steroids are manmade medicines. Both have many different jobs and help organs work properly. The most common steroids used include:</p> <ul> <li>hydrocortisone</li> <li>prednisone</li> <li>methylprednisolone</li> <li>dexamethasone</li> </ul> <h3>How Do Steroids Work?</h3> <p>Steroids can reduce inflammation (irritation and swelling) in the body. Sometimes they lower the body's ability to fight infection.</p> <p>Steroids can help with cancer treatment in a variety of ways. They can:</p> <ul> <li>kill cancer cells and shrink tumors as part of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chemotherapy.html/">chemotherapy</a></li> <li>decrease swelling</li> <li>reduce allergic reactions (before transfusions, for example)</li> <li>reduce nausea from chemotherapy and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/radiation.html/">radiation</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>help headaches or other symptoms caused by <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brn-tumors.html/">brain tumors</a></li> </ul> <h3>What Are the Side Effects of Steroids?</h3> <p>Steroids used in medical treatments can have some side effects. Talk to your child's doctor and ask questions if you have concerns.</p> <p>Your child may not have any side effects. But if they do happen, they'll only last as long as he or she takes the steroids. When treatment stops, things will return to normal pretty quickly.</p> <p>Some of the more common side effects of steroid treatments include:</p> <ul> <li>increased appetite</li> <li>weight gain, often in unexpected places such as the cheeks or the back of the neck</li> <li>mood swings</li> <li>trouble sleeping</li> <li>stomach upset or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/peptic-ulcers.html/">ulcers</a></li> <li>osteoporosis (weaker bones)</li> <li>higher blood pressure</li> <li>higher blood sugar than normal. Sometimes, people develop diabetes temporarily. If your child already has diabetes, you'll need to do careful blood sugar level checks.</li> <li>for girls, missed or late periods</li> <li>bruising/stretch marks</li> </ul> <p>Less common side effects include trouble fighting infections, acne flare-ups, and increased facial hair.</p> <h3>How Do People Take Steroids?</h3> <p>Doctors can prescribe steroids for cancer treatment in several ways:</p> <ul> <li>by an injection into the muscle (IM)</li> <li>through a vein (IV)</li> <li>by mouth (orally) as a liquid or pill</li> <li>as a cream applied to the skin</li> </ul> <p>The doctors will give you all the details, but there are some things to remember when your child takes steroids by mouth for cancer treatment. Steroids, both the liquid and the pill form, have a bitter somewhat unpleasant taste.</p> <p>To make sure your child doesn't miss any doses:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Mix the liquid steroid in a small amount of a tasty liquid, like your child's favorite juice.</li> <li>You can add a few drops of flavoring, like chocolate syrup or peppermint, to the spoon of medicine.</li> <li>Steroid pills are quite small and mixing them in applesauce or pudding can make them easier to take.</li> </ul> <h3>What Else Should I Know About Steroids?</h3> <p><strong>Steroids can irritate the stomach. </strong>To protect it, your child should take them with food in the stomach. The doctor might recommend stomach medicines, either prescribed or over the counter (such as Zantac, Pepcid, or Prilosec). It might help for your child to start taking these medicines a couple of days before the steroids begin and to continue taking them for a few days after the steroids are done.</p> <p><strong>Don't stop the steroids without your doctor's advice. </strong>If you notice anything strange while your child takes the steroids, tell the doctor right away. Sometimes, steroid medicine is decreased slowly over time (described as being weaned or tapered). Other times doctors may just stop the steroids. If this happens, your child's body could go through a type of withdrawal if it's placed under a stressful situation like a new fever or infection.</p> <p><strong>Your child might have a steroid card or medical alert bracelet.</strong> A lot of steroid treatments happen in a doctor's office or clinic. But some kids and teens on long-term steroid treatment take pills at home. They might have a steroid card or wear a medical alert bracelet. Your child should keep this card on hand or wear the medical alert bracelet at all times. If there's an emergency, the card or bracelet will let doctors know about the steroids, which can change the treatment they give.</p>Esteroides para tratar el cáncerLo más probable es que usted y su hijo descubran que los efectos secundarios son superados por los beneficios del tratamiento. Y recuerde: una vez que interrumpa el tratamiento, los efectos secundarios desaparecerán.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/steroid-treatment-esp.html/4120c343-6c29-45cb-8380-b78e01442363
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Brain and Nervous System CancersThese cancers are the most common type of cancer in children. When discovered early, they often can be cured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-tumors.html/527c1203-9898-45b5-8dba-3de70f76df5d
Cancer BasicsGet the basics on cancer and cancer treatments in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cancer.html/80768a55-ae26-44d5-82a5-675138383191
Caring for a Seriously Ill ChildTaking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. But support groups, social workers, and family friends often can help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seriously-ill.html/0a9f2c42-b8d4-492d-8b22-6e4af2eeec54
ChemotherapyChemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with medicines that stop the growth of cancer cells.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chemotherapy.html/54f93018-4955-4463-b067-5621e285210f
Childhood CancerDifferent kinds of childhood cancer have different signs, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes. But today, most kids with cancer get better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cancer.html/fb37fd75-d961-43c2-b963-ef6f60486038
Coping With Cosmetic Effects of Cancer TreatmentIt's normal for kids to have hair loss, skin changes, or weight gain during treatment. This article offers tips for helping kids feel better about their appearance.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cosmetic-effects.html/901f4716-eb3c-4ce8-a36c-e60d8f586450
Effects of Cancer Treatment on FertilityWhile some cancer treatments have little to no effect on reproductive health, others are more likely cause temporary or permanent infertility.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cancer-fertility.html/3b409a23-6f4e-47f5-9d9e-63ac4fed8be9
Late Effects of Cancer and Cancer TreatmentLong-term side effects, or late effects, happen to many cancer survivors. With early diagnosis and proper follow-up care, most late effects can be treated or cured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/late-effects.html/4f0ec7e2-6a0d-4c67-b4e7-f6e15de2816d
Radiation TherapyMore than half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Get the facts on radiation therapy, including what it is, what to expect, and how to cope with side effects.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/radiation.html/4711ccb7-ee19-41a4-810b-938ce9b88a7b
SteroidsGet the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids and teens to try them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/steroids.html/8b9f9617-b78a-4dba-ad5f-8c5642ba9ad7
Steroids and Cancer TreatmentIf your doctor prescribed steroids as part of your treatment for an illness, don't worry. It's not the illegal, doping scandal kind of steroid. Get the details in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/treatment-steroids.html/7da1950f-1e2d-4e57-83ad-a0c4672d4ee3
What Is Cancer?When kids get cancer, it can often be treated and cured. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/cancer.html/ef4ba8b1-102b-48e8-bce2-e71e8c578610
Words to Know (Cancer Glossary)Check out our cancer glossary for lots of easy-to-read definitions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cancer-glossary.html/b23569e7-7ecf-4e78-8aad-108e0ab04842
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