DEAR DR. ROACH: I need your opinion. I was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer almost two years ago. I have had chemo treatments (Keytruda, carboplatin and Alimta) for over one year. My most recent PET and CT scans of my lungs were all stable, with no change. My oncologist says that I do not have to come back for three months, and to get another CT scan in six months.
My issue is that I have developed pain in my shoulders, legs and torso, which could be from my chemo treatment. My internist has put me on 2.5 mg of prednisone twice a day, and this does relieve my pain. What are the long-term side effects of this dosage of prednisone? What do you think of my situation as a whole? — Anon.