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Steroids are naturally made by our bodies in small amounts. Man-made steroids can also be a treatment for many different conditions and diseases. The information on this page is about steroids used in cancer treatment. The type of steroids you might have as part of your cancer treatment are usually a type called corticosteroids. It tells the healthcare team you are taking steroids. When you take steroid tablets, the higher amounts in your bloodstream stop your body from making its own supply.
Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant and chemotherapy drug used to treat a variety of conditions. These include cancers of the blood, bone, breasts, and lungs. Methotrexate is also an antirheumatic drug. Unwanted hair loss is one possible side effect of methotrexate.
Prednisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning. Prednisone is also used to treat other conditions in patients with normal corticosteroid levels. These conditions include certain types of arthritis; severe allergic reactions; multiple sclerosis a disease in which the nerves do not function properly ; lupus a disease in which the body attacks many of its own organs ; and certain conditions that affect the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer.