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How does surgical bypass treat pancreatic cancer?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
In situations where a blockage cannot be opened with a stent, a surgeon can perform a bypass procedure to restore normal flow. If the tumor is blocking the bile duct, a biliary bypass can reroute the flow of bile around the tumor to relieve pain and jaundice. If the tumor is blocking the duodenum, a gastrojejunostomy or gastric bypass can be performed to enable food to pass from the stomach around the tumor and through the rest of the digestive system.

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