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This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance.

Recognizing and Treating VTE in Patients with Cancer – Bridging Guideline-Based Recommendations with Real-World Evidence

Release Date: February 27, 2020
Expiration Date: February 27, 2021
Media: Internet - based

Activity Overview

As cancer incidence rates remain high, so does the risk of disease- or treatment-related complications, such as venous thromboembolism (VTE), leading to devastating functional losses and even death. In fact, VTE, comprising deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), occurs 4- to 7-fold higher in patients with cancer compared with the general population. Because several different types of cancer are associated with a higher risk of clot formation, management of VTE requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and prophylaxis. It is imperative for oncologists and hematologists to have knowledge of VTE risk factors and stratification, management strategies using low-molecular weight heparins or direct oral anticoagulants, guideline-based recommendations for care, and methods for reducing recurrence following initial treatment.

Acknowledgment of Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance.

Instructions for This Activity and Receiving Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, you should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize the prevalence, morbidity, and mortality rates as well as risk factors associated with development of VTE in patients with cancer.
  • Apply recent evidence-based guideline recommendations for the prevention and treatment of cancer-associated VTE into clinical practice.
  • Identify strategies for the prevention and treatment of VTE in patients with cancer, including the reduction of risk of recurrence following initial treatment.
  • Implement individualized anticoagulation regimens for prevention and treatment of VTE in patients with cancer that are based on the unique needs and characteristics of each patient.

Faculty, Staff, and Planners’ Disclosures

Faculty

Sagar Lonial
Sagar Lonial, MD, FACP
Anne and Bernard Gray Family Professor and Department Chair
Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Disclosures: Grant Research Support: Celgene, Janssen, Takeda; Consultant: Celgene, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda, Janssen, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, AbbVie.

Kenneth A. Bauer
Kenneth A. Bauer, MD
Professor of Medicine and Hematologist
Harvard Medical School
Division of Hemostasis and Thrombosis
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Disclosures: Consultant: Janssen.

Simon Mantha
Simon Mantha, MD, MPH
Associate Attending Physician and Hematologist
Hematology Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Disclosures: Other: Daboia Consulting LLC.

This activity was written by PER® editorial staff under faculty guidance and review.

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