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Stents & chemotherapy

Stents keep narrow or blocked arteries open so that blood flow restores, improving arterial viability and health. They also provide an avenue for physicians to route medication into the cancer patient's system.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy traditionally meant infusing a cancer patient's body with cancer killing or inhibiting drugs. Contemporary treatment combines traditional methods with either oral medication or by using stents to deliver time-release medication and keeping venues open.

Stents

Doctors use fabric, metal and drug-coated stents to keep open a cancer patient's veins to deliver chemotherapy drugs. This reduces unnecessary needle pokes and sticks and reduces chance for infection.

Future of Stent Therapy

Drug-eluting stents, coated with material such as polymer which controls time-release medicine into a chemo patient's expanded arteries, is still being researched as a form of cancer treatment. Magnetic stents use magnetism to pull veins open. Further research must be completed regarding chemotherapy usage. An example of future stent therapy is the combination of photodynamic (light) therapy with biliary stents for advanced liver cancer patients.

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Cheryl Hosmer teaches online courses in writing and community journalism. She has written for various newspapers since 1983. She teamed up with author Marshall Terrill in 2001 as an editor of celebrity biographies. Hosmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Madonna University. Her educational emphasis was poverty studies and journalism.