Thromboembolism and Anticoagulation in Pancreatic Cancer

  • Muzzamal Habib St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Boston, MA, USA
  • Muhammad Wasif Saif Tufts Medical Center. Boston, MA, USA
Keywords: Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal, Venous Thromboembolism


Pancreatic cancer is a hypercoagulable condition, and venous thromboembolism affects up to 17% to 57% of pancreatic cancer patients. Initiating chemotherapy further increases the risk. For cancer patients initiating chemotherapy, there is currently no approved treatment for the primary prevention of venous thromboembolism risk. The authors summarize the two abstracts (#151 and #284) presented at the 2013 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium which were focused newer treatment options and the incidence of thromboembolism in pancreatic cancer patients especially in East Asian patients. Additionally the authors review the risk of thrombosis associated with the chemotherapy and erythropoiesis stimulating agents and its prognostic implications and possible managements.

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Author Biographies

Muzzamal Habib, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Boston, MA, USA

736 Cambridge St,

Boston, MA 02135

Muhammad Wasif Saif, Tufts Medical Center. Boston, MA, USA
Tufts Medical Center,
800 Washington St, Box 245
Boston, MA 02111


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How to Cite
HabibM., & SaifM. (2013). Thromboembolism and Anticoagulation in Pancreatic Cancer. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 14(2), 135-137.
Highlights from the “2013 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium”. San Francisco, CA, USA. January 24-26, 2013

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