Hello Wendy....I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Wendy, there are several others, on this site, from the UK. Sometimes, it helps when knowing someone lives close by and this someone has been treated by physicians you might also want to contact.
I will try to answer your questions but, am hoping for others to also share their knowledge. In many instances, jaundice is one of the indicators for this disease. At this time, the bile ducts are blocked therefore, the bilirubin is expelled through the body. Once a stent has been inserted generally, the patient's jaundice will disappear. If a plastic stent it used generally, it needs to be replaced every three months however, we have seen members who could go for 6 months and even more. Metal stents last longer and can be cleaned out when clogged and the are considered to be permanent. Since it has not been determined whether your Mom could have a resection it is highly unlikely for any physician to use metal, at this time. From what I have seen, on this board, plastic outnumbers metal 3 to 1. As long as the stent is working, there should be no yellowing of the eyes and her skin should be clear of jaundice. Of course, jaundice can appear at a very late stage of this disease however, other symptoms would clearly define this. Your Mom, at this point must be feeling better already.
On this board we are big proponents of seaching out those physicians very familiar with bile duct cancer. In most instances, we confer with 2, 3, or more specialists (of whom all may disagree with the other) in order to make sure that decisions in regards to this treatment are well supported by medical experienced physicians.
I am so glad that you have found us and please, continue to reach out. If anyone has CC, this is the place to look for support, advise, and sharing of thoughts.
Welcome and please, stay in touch.
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