Lowering VTE Risk with a Cancer Diagnosis

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Why do cancer patients have higher risks for life threatening blood clots?

  • Cancer patients are more likely to be hospitalized, which often means they are lying still for long periods.
  • Cancer patients are more likely to have surgery or receive chemotherapy, which also increases risks.
  • Cancers in bones, ovary, brain, pancreas and lymphoma are associated with the highest incidence of a life-threatening blood clot within six months of diagnosis.

How can I reduce my risks for cancer-related blood clots?

  • Talk with your provider.

    Be sure to talk to your health care provider about how to lower risks for life-threatening blood clots during cancer treatment.
  • Know your risks.

    Work with your healthcare provider to assess your risks based on:
    • Tumor type
    • Stage of cancer
    • Use of chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy,
    • Surgeries needed (especially surgeries with a lengthy sedation)
    • Having a port
    • Age
    • Reduced movement
    • Having a history of blood clots
  • Know the symptoms.

    Learn to recognize the symptoms of a dangerous blood clot and speak up if you notice anything that concerns you.

Know Your Risk for a Dangerous Blood Clot

A blood clot may affect anyone, but some people are at higher risk. If you are in one or more of these special risk groups, it’s important to learn how to lower your risks.

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