Knowing how your treatment affects your body is vital

By the time most patients learn about blood clots, it feels too late. Don’t wait, stay proactive. You can start your learning here.

Are you properly informed?

Several years of scientific and clinical research around minimizing suffering and fatalities due to blood clots have given us insights into the connection between cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. and clots.

We now know that certain types of cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. produce a gel-like substance that increases the stickiness of blood. This heightens cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. patients' risk of developing clots. Still, many cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. patients are not properly informed about this when they initiate treatment.



What are the risks and what are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. treatment can cause blood clots that block your veins. 1 in 200 cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. patients experience this, and there is evidence that some treatments, such as certain types of chemotherapyChemotherapy (also known as chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses one or several drugs in combination. or surgery, increase the risk. While not all cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. types carry the same risk, some types, such as lung cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. and stomach cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system., have an elevated risk. Depending on the area of the blockage, you may experience different levels of pain and symptoms. For example, if it is in the chest, you might experience shortness of breath or sharp chest pains. If it is in a leg, your leg might swell, change colour or throb in pain as you stand up. You can learn more about symptoms here


Talk to your doctor about your risk

Despite thrombosisThrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. being a matter of concern for many cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. patients, not all doctors or cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. specialists talk about this risk to avoid extra worry for their patients. They are deeply involved with other important aspects of your cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. treatment. If you’ve read about blood clots and are concerned, we urge you to bring it up with your doctor or cancerA term for diseases in which cells grow abnormally with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph system. specialist. You can never ask too many questions in order to understand and it is important to get all the facts about your diagnosis.

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