Mom is 72 was dx with stage IIIb in june 08. Had to stop chemo because it was destroying her kidneys. Dr. said nothing else he can do so sent her home with hospice. Mom is in extreme pain and doesn't respond to the powerful pain pills. Dr. started her on prednisone today for 7 days. Does prednisone really help? How long can she stay on them and what are the side effects? We don't get to talk with the dr only the hospice nurse. She just said they'll make mom cranky and increase her appetite. Will it help with the pain?