Environment and Lung Cancer

  • End date
    Oct 1, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Centre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue
Updated on 22 November 2021


Cannabis is the most consumed drug in the world and the French are the main consumers in Europe. The most recognized effects of cannabis on human health are of a neuro-psychic nature. The medical literature on the effects of cannabis on the lung in general, and on lung carcinogenesis in particular, is most often reassuring (Tashkin, Chest 2018; Zhang, Int J Cancer 2015; Ghasemiesfe JAMA Netw. Open. 2019), despite the fact that the concentration of carcinogens in cannabis smoke is higher than that contained in tobacco smoke (Moir, Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2008), and that cannabis smoking has been implicated in the occurrence of ENT cancers. Rather, research focuses on the therapeutic effects of cannabis, especially analgesics, and even on its possible anti-tumor virtues (Abrams, Jama Oncol. 2020). These reassuring data should, however, be viewed with a great deal of caution. On the one hand, the illegal nature of cannabis in most countries and its frequent association with tobacco consumption make studies on the subject difficult and often biased. On the other hand, the daily practice of oncologists, who observe numerous cases of advanced and rapidly progressive lung cancer occurring in young patients who are heavy users of cannabis, raises suspicion of an unrecognized role of cannabis in lung carcinogenesis.

In a preliminary multicenter study on French patients under 50 years of age operated for primary lung cancer (Betser, ERJ 2021), we demonstrated that cannabis consumption was extremely frequent, concerning 43% of patients, but mentioned in patients' medical records only in 4 out of 10 cases, while the smoking status was always noted.

In addition, by comparing people who smoke cannabis (always here associated with tobacco) to patients who only smoke tobacco or to non-smokers, we identified a different profile of lung cancers, with more poorly differentiated tumors, presenting at a more advanced stage (more T3-T4 versus T1-T2) requiring more complex surgery, and mostly located in the upper lobes of the lung.

Similar research work is currently underway at Gustave Roussy (Dr Pradere-Dr Planchard, Villejuif, France) on patients with metastatic lung cancer, with a focus on overall survival and molecular profile.

Condition Cannabis Use
Treatment blood and hair sampling
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05119244
SponsorCentre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue
Last Modified on22 November 2021


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Any patient from 18 y.o to 59 y.o treated in one of the three above-mentioned hospitals for primary lung cancer, whatever its stage, and agreeing to participate in this research

Exclusion Criteria

Patient denied participation
Clear my responses

How to participate?

Step 1 Connect with a study center
What happens next?
  • You can expect the study team to contact you via email or phone in the next few days.
  • Sign up as volunteer  to help accelerate the development of new treatments and to get notified about similar trials.

You are contacting

Investigator Avatar

Primary Contact


Additional screening procedures may be conducted by the study team before you can be confirmed eligible to participate.

Learn more

If you are confirmed eligible after full screening, you will be required to understand and sign the informed consent if you decide to enroll in the study. Once enrolled you may be asked to make scheduled visits over a period of time.

Learn more

Complete your scheduled study participation activities and then you are done. You may receive summary of study results if provided by the sponsor.

Learn more

Similar trials to consider


Not finding what you're looking for?

Every year hundreds of thousands of volunteers step forward to participate in research. Sign up as a volunteer and receive email notifications when clinical trials are posted in the medical category of interest to you.

Sign up as volunteer

user name

Added by • 



Reply by • Private

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur, adipisicing elit. Ipsa vel nobis alias. Quae eveniet velit voluptate quo doloribus maxime et dicta in sequi, corporis quod. Ea, dolor eius? Dolore, vel!

  The passcode will expire in None.

No annotations made yet

Add a private note
  • abc Select a piece of text from the left.
  • Add notes visible only to you.
  • Send it to people through a passcode protected link.
Add a private note