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Is Radiation Therapy Possible For Bile Duct Cancer
Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...Read more
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Dad's dying from bile duct cancer&has reached stage where he's bed bound, not eating&has become confused.Worried he's suffering.How long can this last?
Palliative care: I would recommend you to talk to his oncologist and ask for palliative care team/hospice care- to help him. Unfortunately , from your limited information, I do not expect this will last long. To make sure that he is not suffering etc- strongly consider hospice care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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