The UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center's Blood Clot Outreach Program is the recipient of a 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.
The UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program will provide education to this high-risk population through its Clot Connect education project, online at www.ClotConnect.org.
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 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.
About the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program:
The mission of the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program (BCO), housed within the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, is to increase knowledge of blood clots and clotting disorders through the development of educational programs for patients and health care professionals. Clot Connect (clotconnect.org) is a collaborative outreach project led by the UNC BCO which engages community partners to develop and deliver innovative blood clot education programs.
The UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program utilizes the Clot Connect project constructs to develop and disseminate blood clot education targeted to:
a. patients who have experienced venous thromboembolism (VTE)
b. patients at high risk for VTE and
c. Health care professionals
The program is led by Stephan Moll, MD; Medical Director of the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program and Clot Connect project; Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information, contact Beth Waldron, Program Director of the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program and Clot Connect project.