Cancer Diagnosis

and Lowering Risks for Life-Threatening Blood Clots

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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 healthcare 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.

Learn more about the symptoms of dangerous blood clot or VTE.

More than one risk factor?

Any time you may have overlapping risks,
be sure your healthcare provider are aware.

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Discover life-saving facts about symptoms, prevention and treatment of blood clots at heart.org/VTE.