Blood Clot (Thrombus)

Blood clot or thrombus is a serious condition that needs urgent treatment. Cancer patients and those receiving cancer treatment have an increased risk for blood clots.

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Normal blood clotting involves specialized blood cells (platelets, and different proteins in the blood), called clotting or coagulation factors. These platelets and coagulation factors clump together to heal broken blood vessels and control bleeding. Balance coagulation factors promote bleeding and clotting.

Blood clotting disorders occur when some clotting factors are missing or damaged. It causes clots to form inside the body to block normal blood flow and cause serious problems. Blood clots can occur in and travel to different body parts (vein, lungs, artery).

You need to learn how bad (severe) your symptoms are.

How bad is my blood clot?

Mild: It involves superficial thrombosis (a blood clot that occurs in veins under the skin). You may have nausea, vomiting, pain, swelling and redness around the site of the clot.

Moderate: It involves deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot that occurs in a deep vein). You may experience pain and swelling.

Severe: It includes pulmonary embolism (a sudden blockage in the arteries that supply blood to the lungs) or intra-cardiac thrombus (a blood clot in the heart). You may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, slurred speech and drooped mouth. It requires urgent medical assistance is indicated.

Keep track of your symptom using Ankr (myAnkr web portal or the Ankr app). It will help you describe the uneasiness to your doctor or nurse.

Supportive care for blood clot

  • Be physically active
  • Get back to activity as soon as possible after surgery
  • Exercise your legs during long trips
  • Quit smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Manage other health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol

Warning signs/severe symptoms of thrombus that need immediate medical attention

  • Sudden coughing, which may bring up blood
  • leg pain or swelling
  • Sharp chest pain or chest tightness
  • Pain in your shoulder, arm, back, or jaw
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain when you breathe
  • Severe light-headedness
  • Fast heartbeat

What caused my blood clot?

  • Cancer that has spread to other parts of the body from where it started
  • Cancer treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy).
  • Anti-angiogenic drugs that block the formation of new blood vessels (thalidomide and lenalidomide)
  • Treatment with erythropoiesis stimulating agents (epoetin and darbepoetin)
  • Long-term use of an intravenous catheter or port

How can Ankr help with your blood clot (thrombus)?

Don’t try to treat a clot by yourself. Use Ankr to:
(1) learn about the common symptoms of blood clot
(2) send message to your Doctor if they use Ankr platform*
(3) be better informed about how to prevent another blood clot

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