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Warfarin in Preventing Blood Clots in Cancer Patients With Central Venous Catheters

This study has been completed.
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First received: September 13, 2001
Last updated: August 6, 2013
Last verified: December 2002

September 13, 2001
August 6, 2013
October 1999
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Warfarin in Preventing Blood Clots in Cancer Patients With Central Venous Catheters
A Multicenter Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial of Thrombosis Prophylaxis With Warfarin in Cancer Patients With Central Venous Catheters

RATIONALE: Warfarin may be effective in preventing the formation of blood clots in patients with central venous catheters.

PURPOSE: Randomized clinical trial to study the effectiveness of warfarin in preventing blood clots in cancer patients who have central venous catheters.


  • Determine the utility of warfarin in reducing thrombosis rates in cancer patients with central venous catheters.
  • Compare the thrombosis rates in patients treated with different warfarin dosing schedules.
  • Compare the adverse events and survival of patients receiving or not receiving this drug.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to sclerosant potential of cytotoxic regimen (low vs high), site of placement of catheter (peripheral vs central), and duration of drug administration (brief infusion (under 24 hours) vs prolonged infusion (24 hours and over)). Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive no warfarin.
  • Arm II: Patients receive oral warfarin daily beginning 3 days before placement of central venous catheter (CVC) and continuing until CVC is removed or thrombosis occurs.
  • Arm III: Patients receive oral warfarin as in arm II, with dose adjustment after CVC placement to achieve and maintain INR level.

Patients are followed at 12 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 1,400 patients (400 in arm I, 700 in arm II, and 300 in arm III) will be accrued for this study within 2 years.

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Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Drug: warfarin
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February 2009
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  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed cancer
  • Planned placement of central venous catheter (CVC) for administration of chemotherapy

    • No use of CVC for additional purposes except for antibiotic therapy or blood products



  • 16 and over

Performance status:

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Life expectancy:

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  • WBC at least 2,000/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3
  • Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL
  • No congenital bleeding disorders


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  • No contraindication to warfarin
  • No anatomic lesions that bleed (e.g., duodenal ulcers)
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy

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  • See Disease Characteristics

Endocrine therapy

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  • No prior enrollment on this study
  • No concurrent therapy that would interfere with study drug
  • No concurrent warfarin
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United Kingdom
CDR0000068909 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
ISRCTN50312145 ( Registry Identifier: ISRCTN (International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register) )
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Cancer Research Campaign Clinical Trials Centre
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Study Chair: Annie Young University Hospital Birmingham
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
December 2002

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