Clinical Review

Management of Bleeding Complications in Patients with Cancer


Patients with cancer can have many hematologic complications. One of the most serious is bleeding, which can range in severity from laboratory abnormalities to life-threatening hemorrhage. The bleeding can be due to complications of the cancer, its therapy, or treatment for complications of cancer such as thrombosis. This manual discusses an approach to the cancer patient with bleeding, with a specific focus on issues such as coagulation defects, thrombocytopenia, and platelet dysfunction. Bleeding complications of specific cancers and their treatment will be discussed as well.

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