January 4, 2011
The UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program's Clot Connect project is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the North Carolina Cancer Hospital Endowment Fund to provide blood clot education to cancer patients.
Cancer is a risk factor for developing blood clots in the veins, known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). Patients with cancer are four times more likely to develop VTE compared with the general population and 15% of patients with cancer will have an episode of VTE at some point during the course of their treatment.
Targeted education will include:
- The development of a patient education webinar series, to include both ‘Blood Clot Basics’ appropriate for all VTE patients and ‘Cancer and Clotting’ which will address more specifically cancer patients.
- Greater distribution of the Clot Connect educational bookmark, which lists the symptoms of VTE.
- Development of ‘Cancer and Clotting’ patient handout materials which will be available for widespread distribution on the website.