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Venous Thromboembolism in Advanced DiseaseA clinical guide$
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Simon I R Noble, Miriam J Johnson, and Agnes Y Y Lee

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232048.001.0001

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Primary thromboprophylaxis in the advanced cancer patient

Primary thromboprophylaxis in the advanced cancer patient

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(p.111) Chapter 7 Primary thromboprophylaxis in the advanced cancer patient
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Venous Thromboembolism in Advanced Disease
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Simon I.R. Noble

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232048.003.0007

This chapter reviews the current published evidence available that may guide the clinician in the appropriate use of primary thromboprophylaxis and in the application of this evidence in the care of advanced cancer patients. It provides recommendations for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the real world palliative care setting and discusses some relevant clinical cases. It suggests that thromboprophylaxis is inappropriate in the terminal phases since symptoms attributable to VTE can be managed with end-of-life drugs.

Keywords:   primary thromboprophylaxis, advanced cancer, VTE, palliative care, end-of-life drugs

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