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Doctor insights on: What Cancer Causes Blood Clots

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What causes a cancer patient to start forming blood clots?

What causes a cancer patient to start forming blood clots?

Hypercoagulable: Virchow was 1st scientist who made a link b/w thrombogenesis and carcinogenesis. Cancer cells increase inflammation at site of cancer and metastasis and by recruiting platelets and other cells increase the risk, also cause release of tissue factor, sometimes there is direct tumor blocking the lymphatics causing stasis and cancer pts aremore sedentary. Some chemo drugs and port also increase risk. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Why and how does metastatic cancer cause circulation problems like blood clots?

Why and how does metastatic cancer cause circulation problems like blood clots?

Not exactly known: About 10% of people diagnosed with an unprovoked dvt/pe will be found to have cancer within 12 months. The relationship is not fully understood, but it is believed that cancer causes an inflammatory response which activates coagulation factors. ...Read more

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My friend has terminal cancer not long to live he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

My friend has terminal cancer not long to live he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

Impossible: I am sorry to hear of your personal loss. But, there is no way to give you any valid answer. We do not know the cancer, the state of your friends condition or any other specific situation. Your question must be asked of the team caring for him in person. ...Read more

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My friend has terminal cancer been told he has only 6 weeks he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

My friend has terminal cancer been told he has only 6 weeks he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

Can't predict: Your friend may be dead when you get this note, or may last a year. There is no predicting these things. Cherish every minute you have with him. ...Read more

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What are the odds of blood clots or internal bleeding with cancer in general?

What are the odds of blood clots or internal bleeding with cancer in general?

Elevate several fold: You are asking about the risk of blood clot in patients with cancer. The risk is increased several fold over normal people. Cancer cells themselves are making substances that help them move through the blood stream then stop and make more cancer cells. This favors clot. Patients with cancer also tend to have less activity as the cancer advances which also favors clot. ...Read more

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I am a 29 yr old female with hemorrhagic cysts, with small blood clots around themovarian cancer. What can I do to get better?

Please clarify: Many women of childbearing age have blood-containing cysts in the ovary, with various causes. If someone has said "cancer", this is something that will require immediate verification and treatment with your physician. You have a right to an exact diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is primary bone cancer rare. And what are the chances of a 22yr old female having blood clots?

Is primary bone cancer rare. And what are the chances of a 22yr old female having blood clots?

Two questions: Out of a million people, about 25 will get a primary bone cancer in any particular year. This means it's common enough to consider if you have symptoms. I see you are on the oral contraceptive pill, which offers several health advantages. Your personal history -- especially if you're a smoker -- determines the risk of blood clots, which are uncommon but very dangerous. ...Read more

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My cough is bad from asthma I switched inhalers I think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots?

My cough is bad from asthma I switched inhalers I think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots?

Asthma: First you need to stop smoking! Then you need to be compliant with your inhalers for them to be effective. See a pulmonologist or allergist to help you control it. Cancer is a result of smoking not asthma, and so are blood clots, the more reasosns to quit! ...Read more

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My grandmother is 83 she has cancer of the blood and now has blood clots in her legs. What can we do to save her any type of answer would be great.

My grandmother is 83 she has cancer of the blood and now has blood clots in her legs. What can we do to save her any type of answer would be great.

Be there to love her: Blood clots in the legs are often manageable with anticoagulants, and blood cancers in older folks are often very tame -- for example, many chronic lymphocytic leukemias stay harmless for decades. It's ultimately her choice as to how aggressively her illnesses are managed. Ignore all "pop" advice; if you see "natural healing" as adjuncts use an evidence-based practitioner. ...Read more

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Male 50 robot prostectomy 1/20213:i have recently observed blood, clots and mucous in bm. Am I at risk for rectal cancer? Colonscopy will be sched asap

Male 50 robot prostectomy 1/20213:i have recently observed blood, clots and mucous in bm. Am I at risk for rectal cancer? Colonscopy will be sched asap

Recommend GI eval.: Assuming you have had no radiation treatments related to treatment of your prostate cancer, the bleeding in your stool is unrelated to your prostate cancer and related to some underlying GI problem: polyp, cancer, colitis, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, etc. Agree with colonoscopy as next step. ...Read more

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What are common signs for brain cancer and blood clots in the brain?

What are common signs for brain cancer and blood clots in the brain?

Symptoms maybe simil: Headaches and nausea/vomiting are common to both disease entities.
But an imaging study (like a ct scan or mri) can make a distinction easily as they would look distinctly different from each other. ...Read more

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My dad has a tightness in his chest every once in a while. Like he struggles to breath. He has had cancer, blood clots (but he is on warafin)?

My dad has a tightness in his chest every once in a while. Like he struggles to breath. He has had cancer, blood clots (but he is on warafin)?

Tightness: I do hope with that medical history, your dad has a good primary care doctor he sees regularly. Those symptoms should be discussed with his doctor right away. Best of luck to you both! ...Read more

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What can you do when you can't take hormones do to blood clots and breast cancer to help with symtoms?

What can you do when you can't take hormones do to blood clots and breast cancer to help with symtoms?

Menopause: Menopausal symptoms can be helped by diet, exercise, yoga and meditation. Some women find benefit with ssri's which are used to treat depression. You may want to talk with a doctor trained in alternative medicine. Visit menopause, org
http://www. Menopause. Org/edumaterials/guidebook/guidebook. Aspx. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor if I have blood clots with bowl movements for 3 days colon cancer is my cancer since if in the family history

Should I see a doctor if I have blood clots with bowl movements for 3 days colon cancer is my cancer since if in the family history

Absolutely: No amount of bleeding should ever be considered normal and especially if you have a family history of colon cancer, you need to see a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor sooner rather than later. Please heed my advice and make your appointment. ...Read more

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I've taken birth control for two years. Does my risk of side serious effects (blood clots, breast cancer) increase the longer I take it?

I've taken birth control for two years. Does my risk of side serious effects (blood clots, breast cancer) increase the longer I take it?

Yes: Although the absolute risks of serious side effects and complications such as blood clots, strokes and heart attacks are statistically low, these risks do accumulate over time. Exercise, healthy diet, avoidance of smoking can all help to reduce the risks. The only way to eliminate the risks are to stop the hormone replacement and use a different form of contraception ...Read more

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My dad suffering from prostate cancer. Blood clots after chemotherapy while clearing throat. Any advise on it?

My dad suffering from prostate cancer. Blood clots after chemotherapy while clearing throat. Any advise on it?

Check Blood Counts: Being on chemotherapy can drop blood counts and can cause irritation in throat which can result in bleeding. Please be sure to discuss this with your dad's chemotherapy doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Had a CT done for chest pain to check for blood clots, would they have seen if I had lung cancer or something if they weren't looking for it in the ER?

Had a CT done for chest pain to check for blood clots, would they have seen if I had lung cancer or something if they weren't looking for it in the ER?

Most likely, ...: Assuming you had a CT of the Chest, that would reveal any masses in the Chest area imaged, that may be suspicious and warrant further investigation. ...Read more

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CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?

CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?

Absolutely possible: The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to get a biopsy and look at the tissue under the microscope. If it is in a single lobe it may be best to remove the whole lobe. Speak to iour local pulmonologist and your thoracic surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?

Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?

Hard to say/depends.: At this stage of lung cancer, the options are limited as is survival. If treatment is done, it's usually chemotherapy and radiation and/or surgery after adjuvant chemotherapy. There are certainly trials out there and I would recommend talking to your doctor before starting any, but the chance for success is likely limited, as the 5 year survival of stage IV is <5%, but it doesn't hurt to try. ...Read more

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How do you prevent blood clots after surgery for cancer?

How do you prevent blood clots after surgery for cancer?

Drugs & mobility: Treatment with anti-coagulants, "blood thinners", early mobilization and use of pneumatic compression of calfs are usual preventive measures. ...Read more

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I have been having watery brown discharge and some blood clots in between my period, with some cramps. Cancer runs in my family, could this be?

I have been having watery brown discharge and some blood clots in between my period, with some cramps. Cancer runs in my family, could this be?

So sorry: So sorry that you are having this problem. I think that the clots you are having are causing you the cramps. I don't see why this would be cancer but it is affecting your life style.; Please give your family medicine or gyn/ob a call or failing that take a ride over to your urgent care ...Read more

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Gettig blood clots or brownish discharge few days b4 periods, normal? Sufferinf from hormone imbalance problem. Is it a sign of pregnancy or cancer?

Gettig blood clots or brownish discharge few days b4 periods, normal? Sufferinf from hormone imbalance problem. Is it a sign of pregnancy or cancer?

It depends.: If the bloody discharge happens on a monthly basis before your period, this can be a symptom of : dysfunctional uterine bleeding (dub). However, if it is the first time that this has happened, I recommend you see your doctor for further evaluation, as it can mean miscarriage, or cervical/uterine disease. ...Read more

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Mum has cancer, of pelvic area, now a chest infection & blood clots in the lungs the X-ray showed a shadow on her lungs is it the infection or cancer?

Not sure: It could be multiplie things. Could be from blood clot causing infarction or pneumonia or cancer or atelectasis. Would follow or maybe a biopsy to prove what it is. But if she is in treatment then watch and see if the spot goes away with treatment and that may give u an indirect answer. ...Read more

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I am 92 have prostate cancer, high blood pressure and problems with blood clots. I take eligard, (leuprolide) nefridene for bo. Can I take blk cohosh for flashes?

I am 92 have prostate cancer, high blood pressure and problems with blood clots. I take eligard, (leuprolide) nefridene for bo. Can I take blk cohosh for flashes?

Here are...: Probably not although cohosh has been used for female menopause-related hot flash. If being reasonably coping with it well, I don't advise using it. As to using eligard, (leuprolide) I wouldn't comment on its use due to unclear intended goal for its current use. As to nefridene, I assumed you meant nefidipine? More detail, ask and talk with your doc timely; online for such is inadequate for your present need. ...Read more

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Is Ibrance the best course of treatment for someone whose breast cancer has come back in her Lungs&Liver? We are worried about blood clots in arteries?

Is Ibrance the best course of treatment for someone whose breast cancer has come back in her Lungs&Liver? We are worried about blood clots in arteries?

It depends on many: Factors like what type of cancer what is the age, ER/pr and HER2 status previous treatments and side effects including Radiation Rx. So have open discussion with oncologist. They know the best. ...Read more

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Doctors said I have anxiety. Scared that I have lung cancer which makes me think it's cause a blood clot cause my calf hurts. Could this be anxiety?

Doctors said I have anxiety. Scared that I have lung cancer which makes me think it's cause a blood clot cause my calf hurts. Could this be anxiety?

GO TO ER If: If you are obese or sedentary, have new onset calf pain with redness/swelling /pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, anxiety, bluish skin. These could be signs not of cancer but a clot traveling from leg to lung which is a pulmonary embolism. Life threatening. Please seek medical attention immediately. You are describing classic signs. Better safe than sorry. Take care ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more