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ITAC-CME Releases Updated 2016 International Clinical Practice Guidelines on Cancer and VTE

Thursday, October 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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PARIS, FRANCE, OCTOBER 5, 2016 -- The International Initiative on Thrombosis and Cancer (ITAC-CME) announced today the publication of its updated 2016 international clinical practice guidelines for the treatment and prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with cancer in The Lancet Oncology.

Endorsed by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), the 2016 ITAC-CME International clinical practice guidelines include recommendations for treatment and prophylaxis for both in-hospital and outpatient cancer-associated VTE in specific cancer patient subgroups, based on a systematic review of the literature up to January 2016. Guidance is provided for the appropriate use of the direct oral anticoagulants in the treatment of VTE in cancer patients.

“ITAC-CME was established to reduce the global burden of VTE in cancer,” said lead author Pr. Dominique Farge, Professor of Internal Medicine and Vascular Disease, St Louis Hospital, Paris Diderot University, France. “This update to our 2013 international guidelines provides clinicians with important information about advances in treatment options, including guidance on the use of direct oral anticoagulants.”

To help clinicians put the guidelines into practice, ITAC-CME is developing accredited online continuing professional development (CPD) programs and updating its free mobile app “International VTE & Cancer Guidelines.” The CPD programs and the app (available from the iOS App Store, Google Play and online here) will be launched in November 2016.


ITAC-CME is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers from across the globe. Through education of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals globally, ITAC-CME is committed to disseminating relevant and peer-reviewed prophylaxis and treatment guidelines for VTE in cancer that will help to reduce a substantial economic burden on health care systems and improve the lives of millions of patients worldwide.

Corresponding Author:
Professor Dominique Farge-Bancel
Unité Clinique de Médecine Interne, Maladies
Autoimmunes et Pathologie Vasculaire, UF 04,
Hôpital Saint-Louis, AP-HP Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, INSERM UMRS 1160, Paris Denis Diderot Université, France

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