It is highly likely that your child will be given steroids at some point during their treatment to help reduce the symptoms caused by their brain tumour or its treatments.
Important points to remember about steroids used as part of brain tumour treatment.
A brain tumour can cause some swelling to the surrounding areas of the brain and this may cause symptoms like headaches, sickness and seizures. To help reduce the swelling, your child's doctor may prescribe steroids.
Steroids are fast-acting, which means the effects caused by the tumour can be reduce quickly. However, this does not mean, however, that the size of tumour itself has been reduced.
Before or after treatment
If your child is having radiotherapy or neurosurgery as part of their treatment, they may be given steroids to help bring down swelling caused by these treatments. Also, if your child is having chemotherapy, a low dosage of steroids may be given if they feel sick or nauseous.
The most common way for children to take steroids is in tablet form. The tablets are small and should not be too difficult for your child to swallow.
Steroids may also be prescribed as a liquid medicine or, if your child is staying in the hospital or unable to take oral medication, as an injection.
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