M. D. Anderson Welcomes DVT Prevention Advocate Melanie Bloom to Raise Awareness of Serious, Preventable C
Cancer Patients Among Those at Highest Risk for Deep-Vein ThrombosisM. D. Anderson News Release 03/05/07
Seeing her husband report for NBC News from all over the world, Melanie Bloom knows firsthand the power of telling a story that people can learn from, be moved by and pass on to others. As a tribute to her husband, David Bloom, it is she who is telling the story of a how complications from deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) took her husband's life almost three years ago while reporting from Iraq, and how the condition can be better identified and prevented.
Ms. Bloom, who is the national patient spokesperson for the Coalition to Prevent DVT, will visit The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable, condition for which cancer patients are at high risk. At M. D. Anderson, there are more than 120 new cases of DVT and pulmonary embolism diagnosed each month. Because of the tremendous risk and gravity of the condition, M. D. Anderson has a number of initiatives under way to better assess risk and more quickly diagnose DVT in its patients.
Ms. Bloom will join an M. D. Anderson cardiologist and survivor for a patient education event at 9 a.m. and will participate in a sock decorating activity immediately following. Later, she will join a panel for an educational event for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals.
March is National DVT Awareness Month, and M. D. Anderson is Ms. Bloom's first stop as part of a national awareness campaign to be launched this week. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms and partially or completely blocks blood flow inside a deep vein, typically in the calf or thigh. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs, it is known as a pulmonary embolism and may obstruct the pulmonary artery or one of its branches, blocking blood flow to the heart. DVT-related complications kill up to 300,000 Americans each year and more than 600,000 people are hospitalized.
Friday, March 9, 2007
9 a.m. - Patient Education Event
10 a.m. - Patient Art Activity to Design Socks
2 p.m. - Panel Discussion for M. D. Anderson Faculty, Staff
All activities to be held at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe*
*Please call 713-792-0655 for an escort to a specific event location.