Medical News Today
December 8, 2008

The largest study ever to examine the preventive use of blood-thinning medication to help prevent deadly blood clots in patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy was presented in a press conference on Sunday, December 7, at 9:30 a.m., during the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, CA. Additional research featured at the press conference includes studies that examine the use of three different investigational blood-thinning medications that belong to a new class of therapies called Factor Xa inhibitors. These studies evaluated the effectiveness of these medications in preventing blood clots: following major orthopedic surgery; in patients with atrial fibrillation; and in patients with deep-vein thrombosis.