People with cancer are more likely to get blood clots in their veins, which can cause strokes, heart attacks, and other life-threatening conditions. To update the guidelines for preventing and treating blood clots in cancer patients, researchers reviewed 42 existing studies. Their new recommendations include:
- Using low–molecular weight heparin, which is injected;
- Not using new oral anticoagulants;
- Regularly assessing the risk of blood clots;
- Not treating outpatients routinely; and
- Treating patients with cancer throughout hospitalization in most cases, as well as before and after major cancer surgery.