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The use of high-energy radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells, tumors, and non-cancerous diseases.
If the bile duct is blocked due to cancer, a thin tube, called a stent, may be placed in the bile duct. It helps drain bile that builds up in the area. This is done to bypass the blockage that causes symptoms such as pain or yellow eyes and skin, called jaundice. A stent may be placed temporarily until surgery is performed to remove the tumor, or a permanent stent may be placed.
Surgery may be necessary to remove cancerous tissue, as well as nearby noncancerous tissue. Surgery may also be used to relieve blockage of the bile duct to palliate or relieve symptoms.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.