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Cancer and DVT

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    By Katherine Kozlowski, Associate Editor for Vein News and www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com 

    It is estimated that approximately 4-20% of cancer patients will develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or venous thromboembolism at some stage of the cancer. 
    The incidence for DVT and vnous thromboembolism is noted to be highest during the initial period following diagnosis. 
    0.5% of cancer patients will experience thrombosis yearly compared with a 0.1% of healthy patients in the general population.
    Cancers involving the pancreas, stomach, lung, ovaries, kidneys and both lymphoma and myeloma pose a greater risk for developing DVT blood clots. 
    If you have a cancer diagnosis and are experiencing new onset leg pain or swelling, get evaluated immediately with Doppler ultrasound of your legs.  If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, go to the emergency room as you may hve pumonry embolism that requires immediate attention.