Some cancers and cancer treatments may cause changes in the body’s mechanisms that control bleeding.1 Cancer treatment can temporarily lower the platelet count. These are blood cells that help clot the blood.1 If the platelet count is low, the person may be at risk for significant bleeding from very small injuries. Alternatively, the blood may become too thick and clot excessively. Blood clots may then collect in the lower legs or travel to body organs such as the brain, heart and lungs.1
An employee at risk for bleeding problems should avoid activities that can result in hemorrhage if they are injured in falls or other traumatic injuries. Blood clots occur most typically in certain types of cancer, in actively growing cancers and in individuals whose mobility is limited. Risks can be reduced by drinking lots of fluids and getting up and walking around if sitting for long periods.