Cancer and VTE
VTE is the second preventable cause of mortality in patients with cancer
Tumors with higher risk of VTE
Generally the disease appears more frequently in advanced cancer stages, but sometimes VTE is the first and only symptom of a tumor that has not been detected yet.
- Cancer worsens the evolution of VTE
- Cancer patients have more relapses, bleed more and mortality is higher than in DVT patients without cancer
- The prevalence of cancer and VTE is higher and more severe than the combination of cancer-ictus and cancer-myocardial infarction
- One in ten patients with cancer who died of a pulmonary embolism is under 50 years old, and one in five has no metastasis
Unlike most patients suffering VTE, treatment of DVT and PE in patients with cancer is preferably performed with low molecular weight heparin. This treatment must be taken for at least three to six months. For patients who have advanced cancer, with metastasis, the treatment must be continued indefinitely. If the risk of suffering a thrombosis or a PE or severe hemorrhage is minimum for patients without cancer, in patients with cancer this risk doubles.
Recurrences, bleeding and catheters
Lung and pancreas tumors are the ones associated with a greater risk of relapses despite treatment. Prostate, ovaries, colon and stomach tumors are the ones most associated with bleeding.
In patients with cancer DVT can also appear in the arms, related or not to the existence of venous central catheters used for the administration of chemotherapy.
Catheters do not have to be removed if they still work, however anticoagulant therapy should be continued as long as a catheter is in place.
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