Pancreatic Cancer Gastroenterology
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Gastroenterology for Pancreatic Cancer
The Gastroenterology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), which deals with disorders of the digestive system, is an important component of the treatment process for pancreatic cancer. Our highly skilled gastroenterologists have significant experience in caring for pancreatic cancer patients. We offer innovative, minimally invasive procedures to treat pancreatic tumors, and relieve the troubling symptoms that often accompany the disease.
As part of the nutrition and metabolic support group at CTCA, your gastroenterology team works closely with your oncologists, dietitians, naturopaths and the other members of your pancreatic cancer care team.
Some gastrointestinal (GI) procedures for pancreatic cancer include:
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) allows us to view the bile ducts in the pancreas in order to remove samples for biopsy, relieve an obstruction of the bile duct or place a stent into a narrowed duct to keep it open.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) allows us to view high-quality images of the pancreas and deliver treatment directly to a pancreatic mass.
- Fiducial Markers: Placing fiducial markers inside a pancreatic tumor prior to radiation therapy allows for more precise targeting of tumors and helps to minimize harm to healthy tissue.
- Drainage of Pancreatic Pseudocysts
- Celiac Plexus Neurolysis (CPN): This gastroenterology procedure blocks the nerves that supply the pancreas to provide pain relief.
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
- Stent Placements
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