When is a stent used to treat pancreatic cancer?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
If the tumor is situated so that it blocks the common bile duct, pancreatic duct, or duodenum, it can cause jaundice and pain. In some cases, a stent can be placed endoscopically to relieve the blockage. A stent is a small tube made of either plastic or metal that is inserted into the blocked area to open the duct and restore flow. A plastic stent is considered a short term solution and is often placed when a patient may have a pancreatic operation in the future. A metal stent is a more permanent device.

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