Author(s): Lee AY
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Abstract Cancer-associated thrombosis is a frequent and costly complication in patients with cancer. Significant morbidity and mortality not only result from thrombotic events, but may also occur as a result of the therapeutic interventions. The established treatment for cancer-associated thrombosis is anticoagulant therapy. Of the few options available, low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is the preferred agent because of its efficacy, safety, and convenience. Alternatives to LMWH have undesirable limitations and have demonstrated poorer efficacy and safety in the oncology population. Treatment of recurrent thrombosis, patients with concurrent bleeding issues, role of vena cava filter insertion, and duration of therapy are all areas in need of urgent research. Treatment of cancer-associated thrombosis remains a challenging task and is limited by the paucity of evidence-based data. Research is urgently needed to advance current practice and improve patient care.
This article was published in J Clin Oncol
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy