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
• Stop smoking (if you smoke)
• Maintain a healthy weight