Title

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE): Awareness and Prophylaxis Practices Reported by Patients with Cancer

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Journal

Cancer Investigation

Volume

33

Issue

9

DOI

10.3109/07357907.2015.1048871

Keywords

DVT; Patients with cancer; PE; Term awareness

Abstract

© 2015 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. Patients with cancer are at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). An online survey to measure PE/DVT terminology awareness and understanding of VTE risks revealed 24% and 15% of the 500 cancer patients surveyed had heard of term DVT/PE; 19% and 17% could name signs/symptoms of DVT/PE; 3% recognized cancer treatments as risk factors for DVT/PE. Only 25% of the patients received prevention education from providers; <50% received VTE prophylaxis. Cancer patient awareness of VTE terminology and cancer and/or its treatment as risk for VTE is low. More effective patient/physician dialogue about VTE risk and thromboprophylaxis is needed.

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