It's likely your child will be given steroids to help manage the symptoms caused by their brain tumour and its treatments.
Important points to remember:
Everybody is different and your child is unlikely to experience all of these side-effects. You should talk to your child's doctor about any side-effects they do experience and should never stop giving your child their steroids without advice from your doctor.
Common side-effects of steroids include:
With longer term use of steroids (more than a few months), other side-effects include:
Your child's growth may also be affected if taking a high dose of steroids for a long time. Your child's health team will keep a check on them throughout the course of the steroid treatment to make sure that any such effects are minimised.
Our FREE Brain Tumour Information Pack has been designed to help you through this difficult time, to guide you through the healthcare system, answer your questions, and reassure you that you're not alone so that you feel confident when discussing treatment and care options with your medical team.