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Deep Vein Thrombosis and Venous Thromboembolism in Cancer Patients - Buffalo Niagara Healthcare
Thursday, August 29, 2013

 

 

The association between venous thromboembolism in cancer was described more than 150 years ago.  Studies have shown that venous thromboembolism is a common complication in patients with cancer.  In fact, patients with cancer have a greater risk of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism compared with patients who do not have malignancies.  Venous thromboembolism occurs in approximately 15% of patients with cancer ias opposed to 2.5% in the general population.

 

Incidence of venous thromboembolism in patients with renal carcinoma is 43% followed by 28% in patients with multiple myeloma who have been treated with chemotherapy.  The third most common cancer setting is patients with high grade gliomas, occurring in 26% of those patients.  The incidence in patients with stage IV breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy is 8% and with Hodgkin’s disease with chemotherapy is 6%.  The incidence of deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism in patients with breast cancer (stages I and II) who are undergoing chemotherapy is 2%.  Patients with breast cancer in early stages, mainly stage I and II who are not undergoing any chemotherapy have the lowest incidence of DVT and venous thromboembolism (0.2%).

 

In summary, the incidence of deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism among cancer patients has been shown to be variable and depends on the type of tumor involved.

 

For the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism contact Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS at the Vein Treatment Center with offices in Williamsville, New York and Clarence, New York.  Dr. Karamanoukian can be contacted through his website www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com and www.VeinGuide.com or by calling 716-839-3638.

 

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery (cardiovascular surgery) and phlebology (diseases of the venous system and lymphatic system).

 

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