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Gastroenterology for pancreatic cancer

gastroenterology

What is gastroenterology?

Our Gastroenterology team deals with disorders of the digestive system, which is an important component for the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. 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, our gastroenterologists work closely with your oncologists, dietitians, naturopathic clinicians and the other members of your pancreatic cancer team.

Gastroenterology for pancreatic cancer

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
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
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