EHA Guidelines on Management of Antithrombotic Treatments in Thrombocytopenic Patients With Cancer
Anna Falanga 1 2 , Avi Leader 3 4 , Chiara Ambaglio 2 , Zsuzsa Bagoly 5 6 , Giancarlo Castaman 7 , Ismail Elalamy 8 9 , Ramon Lecumberri 10 11 , Alexander Niessner 12 , Ingrid Pabinger 13 , Sebastian Szmit 14 15 , Alice Trinchero 16 , Hugo Ten Cate 17 18 , Bianca Rocca 19
In cancer patients, thrombocytopenia can result from bone marrow infiltration or from anticancer medications and represents an important limitation for the use of antithrombotic treatments, including anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and fibrinolytic agents.
These drugs are often required for prevention or treatment of cancer-associated thrombosis or for cardioembolic prevention in atrial fibrillation in an increasingly older cancer population. Data indicate that cancer remains an independent risk factor for thrombosis even in case of thrombocytopenia, since mild-to-moderate thrombocytopenia does not protect against arterial or venous thrombosis. In addition, cancer patients are at increased risk of antithrombotic drug-associated bleeding, further complicated by thrombocytopenia and acquired hemostatic defects.
Furthermore, some anticancer treatments are associated with increased thrombotic risk and may generate interactions affecting the effectiveness or safety of antithrombotic drugs.
In this complex scenario, the European Hematology Association in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology has produced this scientific document to provide a clinical practice guideline to help clinicians in the management of patients with cancer and thrombocytopenia.
The Guidelines focus on adult patients with active cancer and a clear indication for anticoagulation, single or dual antiplatelet therapy, their combination, or reperfusion therapy, who have concurrent thrombocytopenia because of either malignancy or anticancer medications.
The level of evidence and the strength of the recommendations were discussed according to a Delphi procedure and graded according to the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.