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Patients with cancer are at increased risk of venous thromboembolism, which can be life-threatening. Health professionals and patients need to understand the risk factors
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Patients with cancer are at increased risk of venous thromboembolism, and health professionals and patients need to understand risk factors, the link with cancer and the management process. This article outlines the pathophysiology and epidemiology of VTE, its diagnosis, treatment and management, particularly in patients who have cancer.