Blood coagulation and cancer: thrombosis and survival, clinical relevance and impact. An introduction.
Pathophysiol Haemost Thromb. 2008;36(3-4):113-21
Authors: Vestjens JH, Sassen S, Prins MH
There is a strong association between deep venous thrombosis and cancer. In this review, we will discuss the increased incidence of cancer following an idiopathic venous thrombotic event (VTE) and the increased incidence of VTE and its recurrence in cancer patients. Furthermore, we will review the adverse impact VTE has on cancer patients' morbidity and mortality. Finally, the potential influence of anticoagulation on survival of cancer patients is discussed. Although the data are encouraging, anticoagulation is still of limited value for routine clinical practice in anticancer treatment.
PMID: 19176984 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]