Thousands of patients are surviving cancer every year only to die from blood clots that may have been brought about by their treatment, according to a report by MPs.
Blood clots, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), are a known risk for cancer patients. Both the cancer itself and the chemotherapy that patients undergo increase the danger. Hospitals should warn patients and take action to safeguard them. And yet, says a report from the all-party parliamentary thrombosis group, 4,000 cancer patients die every year with a blood clot identified on the death certificate as a joint cause of death.