Management of malignant pleurisy should be patient- and symptom-centred. The presence of trapped lung is the most important factor compromising the success rate of pleurodesis. Although scientific evidence is debatable, early referral for pleurodesis is advisable and thoracoscopy with talc poudrage is the treatment option of choice. The use of indwelling catheters is a novel alternative technique for specific indications.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2015;9(7):279–85)