Patients with brain tumors and their caregivers should be aware of the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The initial symptoms of DVT in cancer patients include swelling, redness, and pain in one or both arms or legs; abdominal pain; or swelling or redness around the port site. The major risk is that the clot could dislodge and travel to the lungs, leading to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness, and difficulty breathing.
If you suspect you may have a blood clot or pulmonary embolism, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your doctor and inform them of your symptoms. If you're unable to reach your doctor, go to the emergency room and clearly state that you suspect you have a blood clot or pulmonary embolism. This is a medical emergency.
Posted on: 09/14/2023
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