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Managing Thromboembolic Events in Pediatric Cancer

Angelica Welch
Published: Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Guy Young, MD

Guy Young, MD
Surgical procedures and the administration of chemotherapy by central venous catheter can increase the risk of a thromboembolic events in patients with cancer. To curb this risk, anticoagulants are used in both adults and children undergoing treatment.

, Young, director, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program, attending physician, Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UCLA, discussed the use of anticoagulants in managing thromboembolic events in pediatric cancer.

OncLive: How do you manage thromboembolic events in children with cancer?

Young: Thromboembolic events do occur in children with cancer. They can occur for different reasons. Sometimes they occur simply as a results of the cancer that they have, but more often they occur due to a treatment approach that is used. Many of the treatments require central venous catheters. These catheters can frequently cause thrombotic events in the vessels in which they are placed. 
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