Self-Expanding Stents in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Douglas G. Adler, MD

Chapter 12: Colonic Stents As Palliative Therapy In Patients With Malignant Large Bowel Obstruction (continued)

Sergey V. Kantsevoy, MD, PhD

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States with more than 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year and approximately 50,000 annual deaths.1-4 Colorectal cancer is also common in Europe with 412,900 new cases and 207,400 deaths in 2006 and 436,000 new cases and 212,000 deaths in 2008.5-7 Approximately 20% of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer will have distant metastases at the time of their initial presentation, making them suboptimal candidates for many primary colorectal surgical procedures.2,8
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