Brand Names: Sclerosal Intrapleural Aerosol®, Sterile Talc Powder, Steritalc®
Talc is used to prevent the build-up of fluid in the chest cavity in people who have cancer, a condition also known as malignant pleural effusion.
Talc intrapleural is in a class of drugs called sclerosing agents. This drug irritates the lining of the chest cavity, which causes it to close. When this cavity is closed, there is no space for fluid to accrue.
This medication comes as a powder that is mixed with a liquid. This liquid is then inserted into the chest cavity through a chest tube, which is a plastic tube placed inside the chest through an incision in the skin. This medication can also be given as an aerosol spray through a tube in the chest cavity during surgery. Once the treatment is given, changing positions every 20–30 minutes can help the medication spread through the cavity. Your doctor will advise you about how to position yourself after treatment
Talc intrapleural side effects
To prevent problematic interactions between talc and other drugs, be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, and what other medications and supplements you are currently taking. You should also inform your doctor if you have or ever had any medical conditions such as a stroke, lung disease, high blood pressure, liver tumor, liver disease, or kidney disease. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.
Possible side effects of talc intrapleural may include:
- Bleeding in the area where the chest tube was inserted
Some of talc’s side effects can be serious. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Fast heartbeat
- Chest pain or pressure
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. Patients may experience additional effects not mentioned above.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), your team of cancer experts will explain each of the side effects of talc intrapleural with you in detail, as well as the side effects and expectations of all other medications planned as part of your individualized treatment plan.
Talc Intrapleural for cancer treatment
Talc is approved by the FDA for the following:
- Prevention of malignant pleural effusions
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our integrative approach to cancer treatment works to fight your disease on all fronts and ensures that you remain at the center of everything we do. We encourage participation from both you and your family to make certain you are comfortable with all decisions made regarding your treatment.