Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A trial looking at how to treat fluid on the lung (TAPPS)
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 (
Doctors can drain the fluid away by putting a needle between the pleura and connecting it to a drainage tube. This is called a
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
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you
- Have a collection of fluid in your chest (pleural effusion) caused by your cancer
- Are able to have a test that looks at the lining of your lung (
- Are at least 18 years old
You cannot enter this trial if
- Your doctor doesn’t think this is the best treatment for you
- You are not able to have pleurodesis
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
This is a randomised trial. The people taking part are put into 2 treatment groups by a computer. Neither you nor your doctor will be able to decide which group you are in.
People in both groups have the fluid drained from their chest and sterile talc put into the space between the pleura (pleurodesis). The trial is comparing different ways of putting the sterile talc in.
People in group 1 have the sterile talc put in as a paste using the drainage tube.
For people in group 2, the doctors will use a small camera to look at the lining of the lung (pleura) before spraying the sterile talc onto it.
The trial team will ask you to fill out a questionnaire before you have the pleurodesis, then 1, 3 and 6 months later. The questionnaire will ask about how you have been feeling. This is called a quality of life study.
The trial team will also ask you to complete a questionnaire asking how breathless you are, or if you have any pain. This is completed before pleurodesis, for 7 days afterwards, and then weekly while you are on the trial.
If you agree to take part in this trial, the researchers will ask for a sample of the fluid drained from your chest. They will also ask for extra blood samples for research. If you do not want to give extra samples you don’t have to.
Before the trial you see the doctors and have
- Blood tests
- Physical examination
- Chest X-ray
You have a chest X-ray and see the doctors
- Immediately after pleurodesis
- 24 hours after pleurodesis
- When you go home from hospital
- 1 month later
- 3 months later
- 6 months later
This is the end of your participation in the trial.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Dr Nick Maskell
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
North Bristol NHS Trust