Published on March 15, 2016
Professor Denis-Claude Roy, from the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital & Montreal University in Canada, gives an overview of steroid therapies.
Recorded at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 2015 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
This programme has been supported by Pfizer, through an unrestricted educational grant to the Patient Empowerment Foundation
Transcript | What Is Steroid Therapy?
Steroids are used commonly for the treatment of leukemia, particularly acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We have to realise that steroids are made by everyone, we live, our body makes steroids on a regular basis every day. We are using high doses of steroids, of agents that our body is producing in order to fight the cancer, to fight the leukaemia.
Steroids have somewhat of a bad press because they are associated with a number of complications, for example diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and other conditions, however, when they are under control, when they are under good supervision we can prevent most of these complications, so people should not be so much afraid of getting steroids, as long as it is under good control and under supervision; these can be administered safely.