Posts Tagged ‘Decadron’

Steroids & Chemo

Someone asked me the other day what I thought about the alleged performance-enhancing steroids use by Lance Armstrong. Of course I, nor any of you know if there is any real truth behind the allegations. What I can tell you, is that I was on steroids throughout my chemotherapy. It is my understanding that this is quite common and a necessity to make it through treatment. I joked with my oncologist when she first wrote the prescription; saying that I should head to the gym and lift weights. Although steroids might be able to stay in your body for quite some time, I was in no condition to ever take advantage of the situation. This simply leads me to believe that Lance Armstrong should be given the benefit of the doubt.



I’m relaxing in my chemo-recliner at Dana-Farber. I’m feeling good and finding it humorous that I’m going to go back to feeling like shit in a couple hours. I fully detailed my symptoms from last Friday (fever, vomiting, headaches), and the nurse was surprised. This time, they’re going to get me high as a kite on meds- enough so that they told me to go immediately home and spend the rest of the day in bed. One of the drugs is of the sleeping pill variety, the other Decadron, causes irritability and mood swings. I will likely still get a fever that will last into the evening. I’m going to go eat some food now- I doubt I’ll be able to keep food down if I wait until lunch time.