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Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis during neoadjuvant therapy for resectable and borderline resectable pancreatic cancer-Is it indicated? J Surg Oncol 2016 Oct;114(5):581-586



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2-s2.0-84992111849   17 Citations


PURPOSE: To describe venous thromboembolism (VTE) rates in patients with pancreatic cancer (PC) during neoadjuvant therapy.

METHODS: Factors associated with VTE were evaluated using multivariable logistic regression modeling in patients with resectable and BLR PC treated with neoadjuvant therapy between 2009 and 2014.

RESULTS: Prevalent VTEs were detected in 13 (5%) of the 260 patients. Incident VTEs were detected in 26 patients (10%); 9 (8%) of the 109 resectable and 17 (11%) of the 151 BLR patients (Pa??=a??0.53). Of the 26 incident events, 9 (35%) were PEs, 9 (35%) were extremity DVTs, and 8 (31%) involved the SMV/PV. VTEs were catheter-related in 7 (27%) of the 26 patients. Rh(D) antigen positivity was associated with a decreased risk of incident VTE (OR:0.32, 95%CI:0.11-0.85, Pa??=a??0.02). Completion of neoadjuvant therapy to include surgery occurred in 176 (75%) of the 234 patients without incident VTE as compared to 14 (54%) of the 26 patients with incident VTE (Pa??=a??0.02). The median survival for all 260 patients was 24.3 months: 17.0 months versus 24.6 months for patients who did and did not develop incident VTE during neoadjuvant therapy (Pa??=a??0.11).

CONCLUSIONS: Patients with localized PC who receive neoadjuvant therapy are at significant risk of VTE and thromboprophylaxis may be warranted. J. Surg. Oncol. 2016;114:581-586. A? 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Krepline AN, Christians KK, George B, Ritch PS, Erickson BA, Tolat P, Evans DB, Tsai S


Kathleen K. Christians MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Beth A. Erickson MD Professor in the Radiation Oncology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Douglas B. Evans MD Chair, Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Ben George MD Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Parag P. Tolat MD Chief, Associate Professor in the Radiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Susan Tsai MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Antineoplastic Agents
Chemoradiotherapy, Adjuvant
Cohort Studies
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Neoadjuvant Therapy
Neoplasm Staging
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Patient Selection
Risk Factors
Venous Thromboembolism