This trial is looking at 2 ways to treat fluid around the lung (pleural effusion).
When cancer affects the lungs, fluid can sometimes collect between the sheets of tissue covering the outside of the lung and lining the chest cavity (the pleura ). The collection of fluid is called a pleural effusion.
Doctors can drain the fluid away by putting a needle between the pleura and connecting it to a drainage tube. This is called a pleural tap . Sadly the fluid can come back.
When this happens doctors can treat you with a procedure called pleurodesis. Doctors drain the fluid away and then put sterile talc into the space between the pleura. This makes them stick together to try to prevent any more fluid gathering. In this trial, doctors want to compare two different ways of putting talc into the space between the pleura.
The aims of this trial are to find out
- The best way to put talc into the space between the pleura
- Which way, if any keeps the fluid away for longer
- About the side effects