This research project is in progress. PCORI will post the research findings on this page within 90 days after the results are final.
What is the research about?
Each year, almost a million Americans have blood clots form in their veins. When blood clots form in the legs they are especially dangerous because the clot can move to the lungs and block the blood flow, keeping the body from getting oxygen. These clots can cause pain, hospitalization, and even death. People with cancer have a higher than normal risk for blood clots. Nearly 200,000 people with cancer experience blood clots each year.
Several types of medicine can be used to treat blood clots. Medicines that have been in use for many years require the patient to inject the medicine every day or to have frequent blood tests. The FDA has recently approved new blood thinners that can be taken by mouth, do not have to be injected, and do not require regular blood tests. This study is comparing how well the new blood thinners and older, injectable blood thinners work for helping prevent and treat blood clots in cancer patients.
Who can this research help?
The study can help cancer patients and their doctors make an informed decision about the blood thinner they use to treat blood clots.
What is the research team doing?
Researchers are recruiting 820 patients who have a cancerous tumor and who have had a blood clot within the past month to participate in the study. Patients are assigned by chance to one of two groups. The first group receives one of the four new oral medicines to treat blood clots. Participants work with their doctors to choose which one is best for them. The second group receives one of the three injectable medicines to treat blood clots. Just like in the first group, participants and doctors decide which of the three is best for them. Patients in this group may also get warfarin, another medicine to treat blood clots. If a patient does not want to be assigned to a group by chance, that person can choose which group they want to be in. This option is available to 190 participants.
At the end of six months, the researchers are looking at how often patients have a new blood clot during treatment, how many times patients have experienced major bleeding, what patients report about their quality of life, and how hard it has been for patients to take the medicine. The research team is also looking to see whether patients have died from a blood clot, bleeding, or cancer.
Patients who have had cancer and blood clots are helping to design the study, inviting people to participate, and sharing the results.