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Thromboembolism unlikely to cause premature death in people with cancer

Thromboembolism may be a symptom of disease rather than a cause of premature death in cancer patients, a study shows

Thromboembolism may be a symptom of disease rather than a cause of premature death in cancer patients, a study shows

Thromboembolism seems to be an indicator or symptom of advanced disease rather than necessarily a cause of premature death in cancer patients, a study shows.

The prospective longitudinal multicentre observational study covered 343 participants with cancer at one of five specialist palliative care units (SPCUs), including four hospices, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All patients were examined clinically at baseline by nurses for signs and symptoms of venous thromboembolism, history of thromboembolism, blood work-up, and bedside bilateral femoral and popliteal vein ultrasound scans. Screening measurements were repeated weekly.

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