Last updated on September 2018

Preoperative Biliary Drainage in Resectable Pancreatic or Periampullary Cancer


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Pancreatic Cancer
  • Age: Between 18 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Willing and able to comply with the study procedures and provide written informed consent to participate in the study
  • Diagnosis of probable pancreatic cancer, distal common bile duct (CBD) cholangiocarcinoma and other periampullary cancers (histology not required)
  • Biliary obstructive symptoms or signs
  • Bilirubin level at/above 100 umol per liter (5.8 mg/dL)
  • Distal biliary obstruction consistent with pancreatic cancer, distal CBD cholangiocarcinoma or other periampullary malignancy
  • Location of distal biliary obstruction is such that it would allow the proximal end of a stent to be positioned at least 2cm from the hilum
  • Patients deemed as resectable by pancreatic protocol CT or MRI
  • Surgical candidate per pancreatobiliary surgeon after multi-disciplinary discussion
  • Surgery intent within 4 weeks
  • Endoscopic and surgical treatment to be provided by same team

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Biliary strictures caused by confirmed benign tumors
  • Biliary strictures caused by malignancies other than pancreatic cancer, distal CBD cholangiocarcinoma and other periampullary cancers
  • Surgically altered biliary tract anatomy, not including prior cholecystectomy
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for current malignancy
  • Palliative indication due to reasons other than surgical candidate status
  • Previous biliary drainage by ERCP/PTC
  • Patients for whom endoscopic techniques are contraindicated
  • Participation in another investigational trial within 90 days
  • Pregnancy

Recruitment Status: Open


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