A blood clot, also called a thromboembolism, is a serious side effect of cancer and cancer treatment. A venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel called a vein that carries blood to the heart. It may develop in any vein but happens most often in the legs, thighs, or pelvis. This is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that has traveled to the lung from another place in the body. A PE can be life-threatening.

Blood clots are common in patients with cancer. Many patients are not aware of the risks, symptoms, and signs of a blood clot. 

Go to the Cancer and Blood Clots section of the website to find out more, watch a patient experience video, learn signs and symptoms of a blood clot and how you can help prevent one if you have cancer and download a patient alert card.

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