Topic: Wall Stent Question
I am hoping that some of you can shed some light on my question....my dad was diagnosed with bile duct cancer 2 months ago. He has a fairly large mass that is wrapped around his portal vein, blood vessels and arteries. Currently he has 2 drain tubes and a plastic stent in the bile duct. He is being treated with his first infection and is continuing to run a low-grade fever off and on. He will undergo a procedure early next week to remove the plastic stent and then the plan was to have a 2nd procedure to insert a metal wall stent. I should mention that dad has decided not to undergo chemo treatments. Yesterday he was asked if he was sure he didn't want to do chemo because once they inserted the metal wall stent that chemo would not be an option. He was also told the metal stent could not be removed and that eventually the mass would more than like grow over the stent and in the end his liver would stop functioning. He was told that the average stent would last 6-12 months. Up until now, dad has not wanted to know how much time he has...but with this news yesterday he feels like he was quietly given one. The Dr. Also shared that they only install the wall stent for his type of cancer when the patient decides they are basically done fighting ( done with chemo, decides against chemo or not going the holistic route). This is very confusing to all of us!!!
Can anyone share anything on this? I know from reading other posts that many have metal stents and that many have lasted much longer. Was dad given this news because of the nature and location of his tumor? I know that I have also read that masses wrapped around the portal vein will eventually squeeze the vein closed and the blood will no longer flow through.
Needless to say, we are all feeling very overwhelmed with all of this! Hope to hear from some of you to get a better understanding.
Not a so Happy Thanksgiving,