Corticosteroids in terminal cancer--a prospective analysis of current practice.

  title={Corticosteroids in terminal cancer--a prospective analysis of current practice.},
  author={Geoffrey W. Hanks and T. L. Trueman and Robert G Twycross},
  journal={Postgraduate medical journal},
  volume={59 697},
Over half of a group of 373 inpatients with advanced malignant disease were treated with corticosteroids for a variety of reasons. They received either prednisolone or dexamethasone, or replacement therapy with cortisone acetate. Forty percent of those receiving corticosteroids benefited from them. A higher response rate was seen when corticosteroids were prescribed for nerve compression pain, for raised intracranial pressure, and when used in conjunction with chemotherapy. No significant… CONTINUE READING
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