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How are steroids used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

To treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) steroids may be used to help destroy cancer cells and make chemotherapy more effective. They come as tablets, liquids, or as an injection. They work alongside the main treatment by helping to reduce swelling, for example. Like other medicines, steroids can cause side effects too, like making people feel hungry or moody. The side effects go away when people stop taking steroids.

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