“I think it’s really important that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study looking at clarithromycin for weight loss in people with lung cancer
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More about this trial
Weight loss (cachexia) is common in people with lung cancer. It involves loss of muscle which can reduce your ability to get around and to look after yourself. One of your body’s responses to cancer is
Clarithromycin is, an antibiotic used to fight infection. We know from research that clarithromycin can reduce the inflammation caused by non small cell lung cancer. This can lead to an increase of weight, fewer admissions into hospital and an increase in how long people lived. But these were small studies and a larger study needs to be done to see if it gets the same results. Before doing this, researchers need to make sure that it would be possible to do.
In this study some people were due to have clarithromycin and the others a dummy drug (
Summary of results
This study closed early as the researchers were unable to find enough suitable people to take part.
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Dr Andrew Wilcock
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
University of Nottingham