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Study finds injectable treatment for blood clots in advanced cancer patients increases
Date:2/14/2012

wledge gap and, hopefully, stimulate discussions on the need for comparative effectiveness research evaluations between blood clot anticoagulation therapies."

A randomized controlled trial in July 2003 demonstrated that LMWH was more effective at preventing recurrent clots than warfarin in patients with cancer. In addition, current clinical guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology and National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend LMWH treatment for cancer-related blood clots.

The study did not determine why warfarin continued to be the preferred anti-coagulation therapy for advanced cancer patients. Warfarin does have a long history of use in treatment of blood clots, and high-quality anticoagulation monitoring services are available in the health plans studied, possibly resulting in a high level of physician comfort with warfarin. In addition, because LMWH requires daily injections, patients may prefer taking warfarin since it is available in tablet form.

According to Dr. Delate, Clinical Pharmacy Research Scientist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, next steps should be to study why use of LMWH is low compared to warfarin and to compare the effectiveness of LMWH compared with warfarin in patients with advanced cancer.


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Contact: Emily Schwartz
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Kaiser Permanente
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