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Why are cancer patients at risk for developing blood clots?

Learn about the link between and deep vein ()

It can come as an unpleasant surprise that patients need to be aware of the risks and warning signs of deep vein (). After all, the two diseases seem worlds apart. So why does the link exist?We do not know all the reasons but can identify three main factors that impact your likelihood for developing a blood clot (): the type of you are diagnosed with, how it is being treated, and your level of physical activity.

Types of

Certain types of are associated with a higher risk of than other types. The reason for this is unclear.


While your treatment is vital to fight your , it may also increase your risk of blood clots (). and surgery can damage the walls of your blood vessels affecting the way they function. This can also lead to a blood clot.When kills cells, certain substances that can cause clotting are released into the blood stream. Some types of drugs are less likely to promote clotting than others. It’s a good idea to ask your doctor about this so that you can be informed of any risks associated with the treatment you have been prescribed.


Staying active while you fight might feel like a challenge, but even light activity can be very beneficial. Staying active will help you keep blood moving through your veins so that you are less likely to develop a clot in the first place and you do not need to start an extreme fitness regime to get these benefits. Start by going for a brisk walk or playing with the kids. If you are on bed rest, ask your doctor if it is okay to walk around the house a bit. In any case, it’s good to find small, low-impact ways to keep your legs moving and your blood pumping.

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