Endoscopic palliation for pancreatic cancer

Mihir Bakhru, Bezawit Tekola, Michel Kahaleh

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Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is devastating due to its poor prognosis. Patients require a multidisciplinary approach to guide available options, mostly palliative because of advanced disease at presentation. Palliation including relief of biliary obstruction, gastric outlet obstruction, and cancer-related pain has become the focus in patients whose cancer is determined to be unresectable. Endoscopic stenting for biliary obstruction is an option for drainage to avoid the complications including jaundice, pruritus, infection, liver dysfunction and eventually failure. Enteral stents can relieve gastric obstruction and allow patients to resume oral intake. Pain is difficult to treat in cancer patients and endoscopic procedures such as pancreatic stenting and celiac plexus neurolysis can provide relief. The objective of endoscopic palliation is to primarily address symptoms as well improve quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1947-1956
Number of pages10
JournalCancers
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

Keywords

  • Biliary obstruction
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastric outlet obstruction
  • Palliation
  • Pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • Stents

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