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How dangerous is cholangiocarcinoma?

How dangerous is cholangiocarcinoma?

Slow growing but if: Not detected early, it can be dangerous. Completely removing the tumor allows 30 - 40% of patients to survive for at least 5 years, with the possibility of a complete cure. if the tumor cannot be completely removed, a cure is generally not possible. With treatment, about half of these patients live a year, and about half live longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Maluccio
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Cholangiocarcinoma (Definition)

A cancer in the slender tubes that carry the digestive fluid ...Read more


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Is there a known cause of cholangiocarcinoma?

Is there a known cause of cholangiocarcinoma?

Risk factors: The following is a partial list of conditions that some studies (but not necessarily all) have found to be associated with an increased risk for cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of bile ducts).Chronic liver disease (eg from hepatitis c or alcohol), gallstones, hepatolithiasis (liver stones), primary sclerosing cholangitis, liver fluke infection, obesity, diabetes, congenital bile duct cysts, others... ...Read more

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What are the ways to test cholangiocarcinoma ?

What are the ways to test cholangiocarcinoma ?

Numerous: Cholangiocarcinoma is usually suspected when the eyes turn yellow or blood tests show abnormal liver function. The next step is an ultrasound or ct scan. A nuclear scan may also be done. The best test is a biopsy, done when tests are highly suspicious or unrevealing. ...Read more

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Are there other names for a cholangiocarcinoma?

One type is Klatskin: One type of cholangiocarcinoma is called a klatskin tumor, named after gerald klatskin. ...Read more

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Can i treat a possible cholangiocarcinoma at home?

Can i treat a possible cholangiocarcinoma at home?

No: Cholangiocarcinoma is a serious cancer and you need expert advice from a surgeon and an oncologist. Depending on the extent and on your physical condition you possibly need surgery and chemo. I'm sorry to hear that you were diagnosed with this and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What are the ways to manage unresectable cholangiocarcinoma?

What are the ways to manage unresectable cholangiocarcinoma?

Chemo v. Palliative: Cholangiocarcinoma or cancer of the billiary tract in the liver is a difficult cancer to treat when unresectable. There are a number of chemotherapy options; these are best discussed with a cancer specialist. Many patients with truly end stage disease, usually, but not always, might want to consider a purely palliative approach to care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cholangiocarcinoma?

CCA: It is bile duct cancer, it typically located at the confluence of the biliary tree. You need to consult with a bile duct expert. ...Read more

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What groups of people are most at risk of developing cholangiocarcinoma?

What groups of people are most at risk of developing cholangiocarcinoma?

Several groups: The following is a partial list of conditions that some studies (but not necessarily all) have found to be associated with an increased risk for cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of bile ducts).Chronic liver disease (eg from hepatitis c or alcohol), gallstones, hepatolithiasis (liver stones), primary sclerosing cholangitis, liver fluke infection, obesity, diabetes, congenital bile duct cysts, others... ...Read more

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Help can chemo work for cholangiocarcinoma?

Help can chemo work for cholangiocarcinoma?

Provide more details: Cholangiocarcinoma is a difficult cancer to control unless it is caught early when it is resectable with surgery. Tell us more about your medical history as to where is your tumor ? Is it you or a family member who has the cancer???? ...Read more

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Are there prognostic factors that are important for resected intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma?

Are there prognostic factors that are important for resected intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma?

Several: Prognosis would depend on a number of factors, including whether the cholangiocarcinoma is associated with primary sclerosing cholangitis, the location of the cancer, the, stage of the cancer at diagnosis (e.g. If it has invaded the blood vessels or has been found in the lymph nodes or has spread elsewhere), and whether or not it was possible to remove the entire tumor. ...Read more

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Does a cholangiocarcinoma spread to lungs before causing symptoms?

Does a cholangiocarcinoma spread to lungs before causing symptoms?

Not necessarily : Often the symptoms from cholangiocarcinoma are related to blockage or obstruction of the liver ducts. This can occur before the tumor has spread to other organs like the lungs. ...Read more

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My father is 66 years of age and he is diagnosed intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. What does this mean?

My father is 66 years of age and he is diagnosed intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. What does this mean?

Cholangiocarcinoma: This is a form of cancer, which while treatable may not be curable. Ask his doctor to discuss the disease with you. He may not want to break privacy and discuss your father with you, but the disease itself should not be a problem for them to explain. ...Read more

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A patient,62-year_old,have got Cholangiocarcinoma. The Cholangiocarcinoma recurred after right lobe resection. Is there any suggested treatment in the US?

A patient,62-year_old,have got Cholangiocarcinoma. The Cholangiocarcinoma recurred after right lobe resection. Is there any suggested treatment in the US?

Staging: It depends on the Nevin classification staging and grading. You need imaging, tumor board evaluation, and expert surgical oncology and medical oncology consultation. To accomplish this, present yourself to an academic medical center for evaluation. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma when a liver resection is performed and stage 2?

What is the prognosis of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma when a liver resection is performed and stage 2?

Good: There are other factors involved in prognosis that depend on what the tumor looks like under the microscope. If the margin of resection was negative and the lymph nodes are negative, the prognosis is excellent at 5 years. ...Read more

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71 yr old fem. What is peri-neural invasion mean post resection cholangiocarcinoma (cc) ? Nodes pos+& small % of cc unable to excise @hep.Artery

71 yr old fem. What is peri-neural invasion mean post resection cholangiocarcinoma (cc) ?

Nodes pos+& small % of cc unable to excise @hep.Artery

Cancer: Unfortunately , the cancer has advanced and affected other organs, including areas around neural tissue. Unclear what neural structures are involved. Your best guide is the surgeon and oncologist. ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with colangiocarcinom, can you tell me what chemotherapy we can follow? 

Chemotherapy: This question can only be correctly answered by the doctors who know all the details of your mother's illness. There are many types of chemotherapy and the decision for this takes a high degree of training and experience by your doctors. ...Read more

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How dangerous is kendo?

How dangerous is kendo?

Kendo: This modern japanese martial art involves sword-fighting, & is physically & mentally challenging activitiy which combines martial arts with strenuous physical activity. ...Read more

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What is more dangerous?

What comparison: You want to know what of two or more items is more dangerous but have failed to indicate which items are being compared. Try adding a little more detail. ...Read more