D. J. Girling

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The assessment of physical symptoms is a key com-ponent of quality of life studies in palliative care, but is often hampered by missing data from patient-completed questionnaires. In two large multicentre randomized trials of palliative treatment conducted by the Medical Research Council Lung Cancer Working Party, involving over 700 patients, patients(More)
Prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) reduces the risk of cranial metastasis in small cell lung cancer (SCLC), but the magnitude and value of this reduction, the risks of radiation morbidity and whether PCI influences survival are unclear. We conducted a randomised trial in patients with limited-stage SCLC who had had a complete response to induction(More)
240 patients with active tuberculous pericardial effusion received a 4-drug daily antituberculosis regimen for 6 months and have been studied for 24 months or longer. Those willing were randomly allocated to open pericardial biopsy and complete drainage of pericardial fluid on admission or percutaneous pericardiocentesis as required. All patients were(More)
Many clinical trials groups now routinely consider including Quality of Life (QoL) assessment in trials. Indeed, several have policies stating that QoL should be considered as a potential endpoint in all new trials and that if it is not to be evaluated the applicants should justify not doing so. However, inclusion of QoL in clinical trials presents a number(More)
BACKGROUND Single-drug oral etoposide daily for 5 days or more in 3-week cycles is commonly used as palliative chemotherapy for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). However, there have been no randomised trials to compare this treatment with standard intravenous multidrug chemotherapy. Our objective was such a comparison in patients with poor performance status.(More)
In patients with non-metastatic but inoperable non-small cell lung cancer that is locally too extensive for radical radiotherapy (RT), but who have good performance status, it is important to determine whether thoracic RT should be the minimum that is required to palliate thoracic symptoms or whether treatment should be more intensive, with the aim of(More)
In Transkei, 143 patients with active tuberculous constrictive pericarditis without significant pericardial effusion all received the same daily 6-month antituberculosis regimen of streptomycin, isoniazid, rifampicin, and pyrazinamide for 14 weeks followed by isoniazid and rifampicin. They were randomly allocated to receive in addition either prednisolone(More)
PURPOSE The treatment of small-cell lung cancer patients with good performance status aims to improve survival. Dose-intensification could be a way to achieve improved survival but can be limited by neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. Preliminary, nonrandomized feasibility studies showed that doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and etoposide (ACE) could be given(More)
A total of 458 eligible patients, from 21 centres, with microscopically confirmed SCLC were allocated at random to three chemotherapy regimens, each given at 3-week intervals. In two regimens, etoposide, cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and vincristine were given for a total of either three courses (ECMV3) or six courses (ECMV6). In the third regimen,(More)
We surveyed centres collaborating in two trials in lung cancer (LU12, LU13) and one in lung and head and neck cancer (CHART) to find out how QL questionnaires were being administered, with the aim of standardising procedures and improving compliance. Dedicated local trials staff were funded for CHART but not for the other trials. In all three trials,(More)