Patients with cancer have at least a six-fold increased risk of blood clots – a sad statistic that we have made our goal to change.It is almost like a secret among cancer patients. Thrombosis, is an all-too-real risk for many with cancer, especially those with lung and colorectal cancer. Almost 1 in 4 lung cancer patients die from a blood clot in the lung. This type of blood clot is called pulmonary embolism. These clots are sometimes known to stem from surgery or chemotherapy.
Cancer-associated thrombosis can be helpedAs a matter of fact, more than 20,000 cancer patients have died in Europe in 2016 – not from cancer, but from complications due to blood clots. In UK alone, 4800 people have died from cancer-associated thrombosis. This is unacceptable, taking into account the level of medical attention and service that these patients already get. Blood clots can be resolved, and it is important to spread the word and understanding about why cancer patients have a higher risk of blood clots.
VIDEO: Prof. Simon Noble, Clinical Professor Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University explains the nature of blood clots and how treatment can cause cancer-associated thrombosis.
Three factors that impact your riskStudies have demonstrated three factors that impact your risk of developing a blood clot:
- The type of cancer you are diagnosed with
- How your cancer is being treated
- Your level of physical activity.