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Can you tell me about bile duct cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Bile ducts: Are buried in the liver, and also are outside, picking up gall bladder secretions before joining the pancreatic ducts. Biliary cancers are divided by their location, and that indicates means of treatment. They are not common, called klatskin tumors, few are resectable; most are not. Ca-19-9 may be quite hi.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Aggressive tumor: Tumor can arise intrahepatically requiring partial hepatectomy id possible. It is also found in the common duct outside the liver. The jaundice present can be relieved by a stent from ERCP. Chemo and radiation frequently employed. Within the liver distant metastasis frequently develops. Pancreatic drugs like Gemcitabine may help.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer?

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Dr. Byron May
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Jaundice: Bile duct cancer is uncommon but carries a poor prognosis. It will typically impede the flow of bile from the liver to the small intestine thus causing obstructive jaundice (yellowish discoloration of eyes and skin). Pain in the upper abdomen, weight loss and nausea may be noted.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the survival rates for bile duct cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Not very good: Bile duct cancers are difficult cancers to control unless caught early when they are still localized to one area. Often they are advanced and metastatic at the time of diagnosis, then they are difficult to get rid of. Yet it all depends on the location and the stage of cancer.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is radiation therapy possible for bile duct cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Maybe: The treatment for bile duct cancer is surgery. It is sometimes supplemented with radiation and chemotherapy.

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