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Talc (Around the lungs)

Prevents fluid or air build-up in your chest area around your lungs. Also prevents fluid build-up around your lungs that is caused from cancer.

What works?

Learn more about the effects of these drugs. The most reliable research is summed up for you in our featured article.

Talc is sprayed through a tube into the chest area around the lungs. It is given to people who have breathing problems caused by a buildup of fluid or air in this area. Talc is used after the fluid has been drained out, to prevent the problem from returning. You may be familiar with talc used as an ingredient in dusting powders (talcum powder). The talc used for preventing fluid buildup in the Read more
Brand names include
Sclerosol Intrapleural, Steritalc
Drug classes About this
Sclerosing Agent

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

A systematic review of talc compared with bleomycin for patients with malignant pleural effusions

BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural effusions are a common complication in advanced malignancy. Talc, bleomycin and the tetracyclines are the three most frequently used sclerosants. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and adverse effects of patients with malignant pleural effusions treated with talc and bleomycin.

Interventions for the management of fluid around the lungs (pleural fluid) caused by cancer

We reviewed the evidence about the effectiveness of different methods to manage fluid around the lung in patients with a build up of this fluid caused by cancer.

Efficacy and safety of talc pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusion: a meta-analysis

BACKGROUND: Talc pleurodesis has been widely used to control malignant pleural effusion; however, it is still not clear whether talc pleurodesis is more effective than other local therapies. We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of talc pleurodesis in the management of malignant pleural effusion.

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Summaries for consumers

Interventions for the management of fluid around the lungs (pleural fluid) caused by cancer

We reviewed the evidence about the effectiveness of different methods to manage fluid around the lung in patients with a build up of this fluid caused by cancer.

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