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Blood & Cancer

70 EpisodesProduced by MDedge Hematology OncologyWebsite

Interview-style hematology/oncology podcast from MDedge Hematology-Oncology. The show is hosted by Dr. David Henry with Pearls from Dr. Ilana Yurkiewicz for clinical hematology and oncology health care professionals. The information in this podcast is provided for informational and educational purpo… read more


Updated ASCO guidelines for VTE in cancer

 Alok Khorana, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic joins Blood & Cancer host David H. Henry, MD, of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, to break down the latest recommendations from the American Society of Clinical Oncology on venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in cancer patients.

Plus, in Clinical Correlation, Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD, of Stanford (Calif.) University, shares her answer to a frequent question from cancer patients: What should I eat?

This Week in Oncology

What is the role of thromboprophylaxis in patients with cancer in the outpatient setting? 

  • Key change in ASCO recommendations: Thromboprophylaxis with apixaban, rivaroxaban, or low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) may be offered to select high-risk outpatients with cancer.
  • Prophylactic anticoagulation should not be given to every patient with malignancy.
  • Khorana score predicts the venous thromboembolism in patients with malignancy.
    • Influenced by type of malignancy, hemoglobin, platelet count, leukocyte count, and BMI.
    • High risk = Khorana score of 2 or higher may be offered prophylaxis.
  • Patients with pancreatic cancer and gastric cancer are particularly coagulopathic.
  • Does the presence of a CNS lesion(s) preclude anticoagulation for a DVT/PE?
    • All CNS lesions have a risk of hemorrhage.
    • A CNS lesion hemorrhage is not significantly greater when anticoagulated
  • Among high-risk cancer patients who undergo surgery, is there a role for postoperative prophylaxis with LMWH?
    • Data show a persistent risk of VTE up to 4 weeks following abdominal/pelvic surgery.


Show notes by Emily Bryer, DO, resident in the department of internal medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.



Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and treatment in patients with cancer: ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update

Rivaroxaban for thromboprophylaxis in high-risk ambulatory patients with cancer

Apixaban to prevent venous thromboembolism in patients with cancer


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