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Is radiation therapy possible for bile duct cancer?

Is radiation therapy possible for bile duct cancer?

Yes: Surgery is the first and most important treatment. Often radiation and chemo will be needed because these cancer can recur easily. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is bile duct cancer hereditary ? My mother died from it at age 65 in 2001.Do I need any special tests ? What is the cause ? Any new treatments ?

Is bile duct cancer hereditary ?  My mother died from it at age 65 in 2001.Do I need any special tests ?   What is the cause ?   Any new treatments ?

No screening: Bile duct cancer very rare. Appears with jaundice and with work up is either intrahepatic Klatskin tumor which can be resected or in Porta, a common duct lesion. Most cholangiolar Ca are virulent and metastasize to all sites in body. Chemo similar to that of pancreatic Ca but overall response poor. No preventative work up of value. ...Read more

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Does anybody know which chemo is more affective for bile duct cancer?

It will..: ...Depend on the circumstances and whether you are getting radiation as well but if i'm gonna give only chemo for biliary cancer, i usually go with Cisplatin and gemcitabine (gemzar). ...Read more

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Please explain which food can my father have if he has bile duct cancer?

Please explain which food can my father have if he has bile duct cancer?

It's up to him: If he becomes very jaundiced, he may need to restrict fat. There is no magic food that will affect his cancer for better or worse. ...Read more

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Mother died from bile duct cancer. She was so healthy her whole life , never had any problems . This Cancer came out of nowhere . Causes?

Here's a link for U: To learn more about cholangiocarcinoma, consider this educational link from the American Cancer Society -- http://www.cancer.org/cancer/bileductcancer/detailedguide/ ...Read more

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Can you tell me about bile duct cancer?

Can you tell me about bile duct cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about bile duct cancer?

What can you tell me about bile duct cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

Very difficult: Bile duct cancers behave in a similar fashion to pancreatic cancer. When localized to the common duct and resected, the patient has a chance, especially post RT with gemcitabine. When the tumor spreads to bone Im not sure that combo chemo with any of the available monoclonal can demonstrate any effect on survival. ...Read more

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Help please! is colon cancer and bile duct cancer basically the same thing?

Help please! is colon cancer and bile duct cancer basically the same thing?

Completely different: Colon cancer originates in the colon. Bile duct cancer originates in the bile ducts either within the liver or in the parts of the bile duct system outside of the liver (common hepatic and common bile ducts). ...Read more

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Biliary (Definition)

Biliary means anything related to the production, storage, secretion, or flow of bile, whether in the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, ...Read more