Topic: blood thinner whilst having radiation

Hi everyone,
I am on day 4 of xeloda and radiation treatment (6wk cycle). So far its all going well with no side effects, touch wood it stays this way!
My question is this,  My Doctor has decided that I should be self injecting myself everyday with the blood thinner Clexane (enoxaparin sodium) as they are worried there is a risk of small blood clots in the portal and small veins around where my radiation is directed. I am worried about my platelet levels which are always very low and the risk of bleeding!  has anyone had any experience or heard of this?

Many Thanks in advance

Re: blood thinner whilst having radiation

Mandy, I don't know about the blood thinner but wanted to say  I'm thrilled you're saying through treatments so far! Keep it up! Willow


Re: blood thinner whilst having radiation

It is fine to use anticoagulant like Coumadin, Arixtra  or enoxaparin sodium (Lovenox) oand  a newer type of anticoagulant like rivaroxaban (Xarelto) as prophylaxis in DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and the formation of blood clots in the portal vein.
It is common that cancer patients have coagulant problems and thus warrant to use of blooding thinning agents  on a long or short term basis. It is that often used sentence in the medical fields that " the benefit out weight the risk" is the suggestion or reason to use medications, and this is one of the example. Management of the side effects by your oncologist is the key.
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: blood thinner whilst having radiation

Thankyou Willow for you kind words and as usual your wealth of knowledge PCL1029. I have made an appointment with my oncologist for tomorrow to discuss.