How should patients with cancer be treated for deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Patients with cancer have a particularly higher rate of DVT recurrence than noncancer patients. Long-term therapy for DVT is strongly recommended. Studies have shown a lower rate of venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence without increasing the risk of bleeding with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) therapy. Reports also describe that the LMWH compounds may decrease the all-cause mortality rate. The author recommends LMWH therapy alone without crossover to warfarin if the patient’s insurance covers it.

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