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  1. Bill Noble
  1. Correspondence to Bill Noble, Academic Unit of Supportive Care, University of Sheffield, Sykes House, Little Common Lane, Sheffield, S11 9NE, UK; bill.noble{at}

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In this issue, Simon Noble and Miriam Johnson's thoughtful review of the management of cancer associated thrombosis focuses on challenging clinical situations faced by palliative care teams looking after patients with advanced disease. Indications and contraindications abound, often leaving clinicians with difficult decisions in the absence of good empirical data.

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