Topic: Rate of bilirubin regression after stent placement
I found an article about a study done at MD Anderson about the length of time for the bilirubin to regress after a stent is placed. In the article, it says that if the bilirubin rate is < 10, it usually takes around 3 weeks and >10 about 6 weeks. My brother's bilirubin rate was 28 at the time of his first stent placement and it took about 7 weeks to get down to 2, so that he could have chemo. Before he could get in for the chemo, however, his stent clogged and within a week from the reading of 2, his level was 15. Another stent has been placed, but I'm concerned about how long it will take for his bilirubin rate to go down enough so that he can get started on the chemo. According to that study, it would seem like it might take another 6 weeks, but wondered what others have experienced. Are the results different if it is the first stent or subsequent stents? I know that he is eager to get going on treatment...as it is now 2 months post diagnosis.