MedicineWorld.Org
Your gateway to the world of medicine
Home
News
Cancer News
About Us
Cancer
Health Professionals
Patients and public
Contact Us
Disclaimer

Cancer blog: How To Predict Blood Clots While Receiving Chemotherapy?

Return to Cancer blog Main Lung Cancer Blog Colon Cancer Blog  

Dec 7, 2005

How To Predict Blood Clots While Receiving Chemotherapy?

How To Predict Blood Clots While Receiving Chemotherapy?
Image courtesy of University of Rochester Medical Center
A simple platelet count may be all that may take to predict your risk of developing blood clots while receiving chemotherapy as per researchers from University of Rochester Medical Center.

Blood clots including the fatal pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) are frequent occurrences in patients with cancer. Chances of developing blood clots are higher while receiving chemotherapy because chemotherapy drugs can damage blood vessels, making them susceptible to clotting. About 1 percent of all cancer patients experience blood clots.

Alok Khorana, M.D, the lead author of the study and his colleagues have demonstrated that patients who have platelet counts in excess of 350,000 per cubic millimeter while receiving chemotherapy are at 3 times higher risk of developing blood clots compared to patients who have less than 200,000 platelets per cubic millimeter.

This information may be very important for the oncologists and patients, because it may identify patients who may need low doses of blood thinners as a preventive measure. Delivering blood thinners to all patients undergoing chemotherapy would not be practical, because of the costs and health risks associated with excessive bleeding. The only option may be to identify those at high risk and give them blood thinners to prevent blood clots.

The study also showed blood clots occurred in nearly two percent of patients and incidence was significantly higher for people with lymphoma and stomach, pancreatic and lung cancers.

Patients whose platelet counts exceeded 350,000 per cubic millimeter suffered three-times more blood clots than others with platelet counts of less than 200,000 per cubic millimeter.

Janet      


Do You Read All Of Our Cancer Blogs?

Do You Read All Of Blogs?
Do you read all of the blogs published by medicineworld.org? Many of our bloggers are busy keeping you updated on the various health related topics. We publish the following blogs at this time.

Cancer blog: I manage the cancer blog with lots of help and support form other bloggers. Through this cancer blog my friends and I try to bring stories of hope for patients with cancer. The cancer blog often republishes important blog posts from other cancer related blogs at Medicineworld.org. If you are searching for a blog that covers wide variety of cancer topics, this may be the one for you.

Breast cancer blog: Breast cancer blog is run by Emily and other bloggers and they bring you the latest stories, news and events that are related to breast cancer. Increasing awareness about breast cancer among women and in the general population is the main goal of this breast cancer blog.

Lung cancer blog: Lung cancer blog is managed by Scott with the help of other bloggers. Through this blog Scott and his friends constantly remind the readers about the dangers of smoking. It's a never-ending struggle against this miserable disease with which a social stigma of smoking is associated.

Colon cancer blog: Colon cancer blog is run by Sue and other bloggers. Sue brings a personal touch to the colon cancer blog since her mother died of colon cancer few years ago. She writes about stories, research news and advances in treatment related to colon cancer.

Prostate cancer blog: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. American Cancer Society estimates that over 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer occur in the United state every year. This important blog about prostate cancer is run by Mark and other bloggers. This blog brings news, stories, and other personal observations related to prostate cancer.

Medicineworld.org publishes a diabetes watch blog and this blog is run by JoAnn other bloggers. This diabetes watch blog brings you the latest in the field of diabetes. This includes personal stories, advances in diagnosis and treatment, and other observations about diabetes. Improving awareness about diabetes is an important mission of this group.

Janet      


Cancer
Cancer is a very common disease, approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during the course of their life. Cancer is more common in the elderly and 77 percent of cancers occur in people above age 55 or older. Cancer is also common in children. Cancer incidence is said to have two peaks once during early childhood and then during late years in life. No age period is completely exempted from development of cancers. Some cancers occur predominantly in the elderly, other types occur in children, Cancer occurs in all ethnic races, however the cancer rates and rates of specific cancer types may vary from group to group. Late stages of cancer may be incurable in most cases, but with the advancement of medicine, more and more cancers are becoming curable.

Cancer blog: How To Predict Blood Clots While Receiving Chemotherapy?

Lung cancer blog| Colon cancer blog| Prostate cancer blog| Cancer terms| History of cancer| Imaging techniques| Cancer Main| Bladder cancer news| Cervix cancer news| Colon cancer news| Esophageal cancer news| Gastric cancer news| Health news| Lung cancer news| Breast cancer news| Ovarian cancer news| Cancer news| Pancreatic cancer news| Prostate cancer news| Endometrial cancer news| General info| What is cancer?| Cancer causes| Is cancer hereditary?| Types of cancer| Cancer statistics| Breast cancer main| Breast cancer symptoms| Colon cancer main| Anal cancer| Bladder cancer main| Lung cancer general| Lung cancer main| Non small cell| Small cell| Ovarian cancer main| Treatment of ovarian cancer| Prostate cancer main|

Copyright statement
The contents of this web page are protected. Legal action may follow for reproduction of materials without permission.