Information for patients and carers –

Having cancer and cancer treatment can increase the risk of developing a blood clot. These can occur in the leg or arm (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) or in the lung (pulmonary embolism).

Symptoms can include:

Swelling or pain in your leg

Swelling or pain near your PICC line (if you have one)

Unexplained shortness of breath

Chest pain

Coughing up blood

If you experience any of these symptoms don’t ignore them. Seek medical attention immediately (your local A&E department or GP). Blood clots can be life threatening.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE THE RISK OF BLOOD CLOTS:


Drink plenty of fluids. Unless you are told to limit fluid, aim to have at least 6-8 drinks every day

Exercise – try and walk regularly, use the stairs


If you are unable to walk or are on a long journey, regularly move your foot up and down at the ankle and bend and straighten your knees


Avoid sitting for long periods of time – stand up and walk
every hour

Stop smoking (if you smoke)

Maintain a healthy weight