Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Cancer Receiving Specialist Palliative Care.

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CONTEXT: The prevalence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with cancer is particularly high at disease progression and during relapse. Patients cared for in specialized palliative care units (SPCU) are rarely included in VTE studies. Objective: We sought to study the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and survival of individuals with VTE in an SPCU setting. METHODS: We retrospectively included 2707 consecutive individuals with active cancer managed at a SPCU. Data were summarized using descriptive statistics and frequency for categorical variables. Overall survival was estimated by Kaplan-Meier and comparisons by log-rank test. Thrombotic events were confirmed by imaging. RESULTS: We studied 1984(73.3%) women and 723 (26.7%) men. The overall prevalence of thrombosis was 22.2% with only 6.2% occurring after initiating SPCU care, and was higher in women (24.6% vs 15.8%), particularly with gynecological tumors (cervical: 30.5%, ovarian: 29.2%). Median survival was slightly longer for patients without VTE (80 days [IQR21-334] and 69 days [IQR 25-235]; p = 0.03). CONCLUSIONS: Prevalence of VTE was high and varied by tumor origin. VTE may impact survival. Though median survival is short, some patients are followed over months, suggesting that in the absence of high bleeding risk, treatment for thrombosis in an attempt to decrease the morbidity of re-thrombosis should be considered. On the other hand, few patients developed symptomatic VTE during SPCU care, making generalized primary prophylaxis probably unwarranted. Customizing anticoagulation for the risk of hemorrhage and physical performance is essential.

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Cited Authors

  • Allende-Pérez, SR; Cesarman-Maus, G; Peña-Nieves, A; Arcos, A; Baz-Gutiérrez, P; Robles, J; LeBlanc, TW

Published Date

  • 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 /

Start / End Page

  • 10760296221081121 -

PubMed ID

  • 35225029

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8894932

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/10760296221081121


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States